At Paveking, we stockpile this mix to sell for maintaining streets and filling potholes.
How do potholes form? Understand the process.
Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of water after it has entered into the ground under the pavement. As the weight of cars and trucks pass over the weak spot in the road, pieces of the pavement weaken, which causes the material to break down from the weight, creating the pothole.
How to fix potholes in roads? Understand the basic process.
Clean the pothole. Dirt and debris that can get in and under the pavement needs to be removed. Having pieces of broken pavement mixed in with the new pavement can weaken the repair.
Heat the pothole. Heating the hole removes any extra moisture that may be in the existing pavement and also softens the area so the new asphalt can be applied. The pothole hole can also be reshaped once it is softened and old asphalt can be removed or rejuvenated.
Add the new asphalt. Typically, hot mix asphalt is used for this repair. The asphalt needs to be compacted after applied to ensure the reduction of water penetration and increases its resistance. The compaction creates a bond between the old and new asphalt pavement.
Allow the new asphalt to cool. Any debris left around the repair is removed. Pothole repaired by Paveking can be driven on immediately.
What do you use to patch potholes? Understand the mix.
Potholes come in all shapes and sizes and your pothole repair mix should, too. In fact, the quality of the asphalt mix used to repair your pothole makes a big difference in the aesthetics and durability of your pothole repair. At Paveking, we are proud to provide you with the highest quality custom asphalt mixes to meet your specific paving needs. We have develop numerous custom mixes to ensure the right asphalt mix every time.
Patching Potholes with Cold Mix Asphalt
Cold mix asphalt is more workable in colder weather than hot or warm mix asphalt. The mix of aggregates is very similar to that of hot mix, it just has additives that keep it workable in cold conditions. Cold mix is produced by mixing bitumen emulsion or cutback with cold aggregates, sometimes also with the addition of anti-stripping agents. Cold mix asphalt has been used in the past as temporary patching material, or if hot mix asphalt is not available.
The benefits of cold mix asphalt over hot mix are:
That it can be used at low temperatures.
That it can also be put in stockpiles for six months or so after production.
That it remains more flexible than hot mix because of the extended cure time.
In the Meantime, Tips to Avoid Hitting Potholes
It’s possible that collision coverage on your insurance policy will cover sudden damage done to your vehicle caused by a pothole. Insurance will not, however, cover every day wear and tear caused by driving over pothole-covered roads over a longer period of time. It is therefore crucial to engage Paveking to ensure your road is safe and does not expose you to damage claims.