You are not alone if you have ever driven down a road littered with potholes. Your first response is likely to swerve to avoid hitting them, but sometimes this is a dangerous thing to do. Asphalt surfaces exposed to harmful elements or normal wear and tear can become susceptible to the development of cracks and potholes. Damaged roadways are a significant safety concern for government agencies and businesses. In addition, potholes can cause pedestrian accidents, vehicle damages, or potential injuries due to either. Keep your parking lots and roadways in the best condition possible by contacting M. Carroll Blacktop. Our experts on asphalt paving in Dixon, CA, offer the following reasons potholes develop on asphalt surfaces.
Although California temperatures tend to be mostly pleasant, there are times when we experience extreme heat, especially during the summer months. Over time, extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can cause asphalt deterioration. Though this is not the most common cause of potholes, it does contribute to the overall quality of the existing pavement. Lucky for us, asphalt is degraded much more quickly from exposure to low-temperature extremes, causing many potholes to develop during the winter months when moisture remains on the pavement for extended periods of time. In addition, the thaw/freeze cycle causes expansion and contraction of water that has intruded into the inner asphalt layers, leaving potholes in its wake.
The weight of heavy traffic can cause cracking in your asphalt structure. These cracks allow water intrusion into the deeper layers, compromising its structural integrity. Due to water eroding the asphalt's quality, large cracks or potholes begin to develop. These cracks and potholes are subject to expansion when heavy rains increase the damage. This potential for extensive damages makes it critical for you to repair any cracks or potholes as soon as you notice them to prevent more extensive, costly repairs down the road.
Consistent, heavy traffic on asphalt surfaces is one of the leading causes of potholes. Traffic like this leads to asphalt fatigue. For example, if you receive frequent deliveries to your business in heavy trucks, it can cause your pavement to weaken over time, leading to the development of potholes. In addition, when vehicles travel over the same area repeatedly, asphalt may experience cracking. Water intrusion into the cracks will deteriorate the surface and cause more enormous potholes to develop.
These are just a few of the causes of potholes in asphalt paving. Keeping your pavement in optimal working condition can help you maintain user safety and avoid additional expenses. In addition, being aware of the potential danger of water damage, extreme temperatures, and heavy traffic patterns can help you prevent severe deterioration in the future.
Contact us today for more information on the installation, maintenance, and repair of your asphalt paving in Dixon, CA. Our family-owned and operated company has more than 45 years in the paving industry, lending us the experience and expertise to handle all of your paving needs.