Potholes are a major problem, especially in the New England winter! They occur when water penetrates the pavement through cracks in the asphalt, reaching the sub-base. As the water loosens the sub-base and subsequently freezes during winter, frost heaves result. When the frozen water thaws, a void remains. The weight of vehicles and asphalt sinks into this space, which ultimately causes asphalt cracking and eventually leads to a pothole.
These hazards pose liability issues and can cause suspension damage on vehicles and tripping hazards if they’re located on walkways. They can be caused by a variety of reasons, many of which are beyond your control, including initial pavement design and construction, traffic volume and weight, water drainage, weather, and pavement maintenance.
Patching and pothole repairs are crucial for ensuring safe, efficient, and cost-effective pavements. Prompt repairs can prevent hazards for users, vehicle damage, and costly repairs, while also providing a smoother ride, extending the lifespan of the pavement, and improving the aesthetics of roadways. Regular maintenance is essential for keeping driveways and parking lots in good condition and preventing extensive repairs or pavement replacement.
At times, an entire section of asphalt may be need to replace. Cracking that looks like a spider web, shattered glass or alligator skin, called “alligator cracking,” cannot be sealed and must be cut out. Marcelo’s Asphalt Sealcoating specializes in carrying out complete repairs that may not be large enough for a full paving firm to handle. Our skilled and professional patching crew can remove the failed asphalt and replace it with a new one.
In case you have an entrance or exit to a parking lot or driveway that is broken and difficult to drive over, we can replace the entire asphalt to give you a smooth driving surface. Our expert crew can fix any potholes, heaved areas, or sections of failed asphalt that are causing trouble. By helping you maintain your lot before damage spreads, we save you money and add years to the life of your asphalt.