Potholes are so much more than just unsightly, they can be extremely damaging to your vehicles, pedestrians, and the foundation of your asphalt. Potholes are, as the name suggests, holes in your asphalt that form over time. They can range in depth and diameter, but a pothole of any size can be detrimental to your driveway or parking lot. 

So, how do potholes form? 
There are many different factors that play into a pothole forming. They typically start small. The slightest crack, divot, or rutt can start forming into a pothole in no time at all. Cracks can form from repeated freezing and thawing during colder months, then heavy traffic continuously adds more pressure to those spots, eventually causing it to crumble and form potholes. 

Extreme heat can also cause potholes from water draining into the cracks and pushing out the inner layers that support the asphalt. 

Basically, heavy traffic consistently putting pressure on already weakened areas causes the asphalt to crumble and potholes to form and grow bigger. 

The best way to prevent potholes is to keep up with proper maintenance and repairs. We recommend having your asphalt sealed every 2-5 years depending on how much traffic goes through the area. A good rule of thumb is if you can see the natural stone peaking through the seal it’s time for a fresh coat! Sealcoating helps add a protective barrier between your asphalt and harmful elements like moisture and UV rays that can accelerate damage.

It is also important to schedule maintenance in a timely manner to repair even small cracks and gouges. This will prevent them from getting worse and causing more costly damages. 

Limiting heavy vehicles like trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles will also be a huge help in preventing excessive wear. If heavy vehicles are unavoidable, try alternating routes that they take on your pavement to evenly distribute the wear. 

What if it’s too late? What is the best way to fix and repair potholes? 

First off, always hire a professional asphalt contractor to repair any paved surfaces. We love a good DIY project as much as the next person, but asphalt repair is a project for trained professionals. If done improperly, you can cause drainage issues, foundation damage to your driveway or parking lot, and future costly repairs. Paying a little extra for a licensed contractor will ultimately save you significant money in the long run. 

When a professional repairs a pothole, we start by removing any remaining asphalt and debris from inside the hole. This helps us have access to a more sturdy foundation so that the repair lasts! Next, we trim out a more even area to work with to help get cleaner lines and an easier work space, much like repairing drywall. After we have our area prepped, we apply a tack to the outer edge to give the asphalt something better to adhere to. We mix the asphalt, and carefully fill the hole and smooth it out with the rest of the pavement. It is spread out evenly to prevent separation and left to cure leaving behind a smooth, sturdy repair that will last for many years! 

Potholes are dangerous for a multitude of reasons. They can cause major damages to vehicles who are unable to avoid them and can even cause injury to unsuspecting pedestrians. Another huge danger that comes with potholes are people swerving to avoid them. It is very important to pay attention while driving to know what hazards are coming up.

If you’re able to safely get over and go around a pothole, go ahead and do so, but whatever happens, never swerve to try and miss a pothole (or any road hazard!). This is typically a knee jerk reaction and you don’t have time to determine what is around you and can cause more accidents and damages! Rather than swerving, slow down and take gentle care when driving over a pothole. 

Armored Asphalt is excited to be one of the highest rated asphalt companies in SE Wisconsin. Our professionals are highly trained and experienced to provide high quality asphalt repairs. Maintenance and repairs are a huge part of our business and we’re proud to be the go to for pothole repairs in and around Kenosha! 

For professional asphalt care near you, give us a call and receive a free quote and schedule today!

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At Armored Asphalt, we take great pride in our work. We want to provide honest high quality services to residents and business owners of Kenosha, Wisconsin and the surrounding area. We offer many different services including laying new asphalt, stripping out old asphalt, patching, sealcoating, routine maintenance, and plowing. Need help with something else? Give our team a call. We’re always up for a new challenge. 

We are fully licensed and insured and ready to take on any project you throw our way. We are so sure that we will wow you every time that we offer a complete guarantee of all of our services. If you are not 100% satisfied for any reason, call our office today and we will make it right!

Ready for your free no obligations quote? Contact us online or call our office at (262) 515-4150 today!

Asphalt Maintenance

Whether it’s a road, a parking lot, trail, or driveway, asphalt is a cost effective and sturdy paving material that is easy to maintain and fix when the time comes. Rain, snow, sun, and heavy traffic are just a few examples of environmental stressors that can cause damage to asphalt, but there are ways to protect and prevent these things from causing major costly damage:

  1. Depressions. These are caused by repetitive stress like tires (this is often found in parking spots) or poor support when the asphalt was first poured. The best way to remedy this to prevent further damage in the future would be to remove the effective patch and start from the bottom. Refilling subgrade and pouring fresh asphalt will make the spot good as new and save you from costly repairs in the future!
  2. Potholes. Potholes are large bowl-like holes in the asphalt that go down to the base level. Beyond being an eyesore, potholes can be extremely dangerous and can cause major damage to vehicles as well as add a trip hazard to pedestrians which can result in costly lawsuits. The best way to prevent potholes is to watch for alligator cracking (lines caused by structural failure often found in heavy traffic areas) and sealcoating when these lines may appear. If it’s too late, the only way to fix a pothole is to remove any debris and moisture from the hole, refill with asphalt and flatten with a drum roller. 
  3. Edge cracks. Edge cracks are mostly found on more rural roads and driveways. These are caused by a lack of support and heavy traffic. The best way to prevent this is to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for drainage to keep excess moisture from breaking down the asphalt. Another preventative measure would be to apply a layer of sealcoating immediately after the asphalt cures to protect against weather. 

Preventing your asphalt from costly damage is simple with timely maintenance. Contact Armored Asphalt today at (262) 515-4150 to set up a no cost quote for routine maintenance or to fix any of these issues you may have!

When cracks or potholes become a problem, you can trust our Kenosha asphalt contractors for high-quality asphalt patching & pothole repair.

Armored Sealcoating is a Wisconsin Asphalt Maintenance Company offering first-rate parking lot repair & sealing services in Kenosha, Racine, and Northern Lake County, IL.

We’re excited to offer our incredible asphalt patching services to business owners and property managers in northern Lake County, Illinois.

Armored Sealcoating is the best choice for asphalt patching & pothole repair in Kenosha. We offer cost-effective services that meet the highest standards for quality.

Proudly serving customers throughout Racine County, we’d be happy to give you a patching quote for your driveway or parking lot.