Not all asphalt problems are equally urgent. Before starting any asphalt repair job, it’s important to distinguish between damage that poses a significant structural threat and damage that is merely superficial. If the damage is compromising the structural integrity or future safety of your pavement, then the necessary repairs should be completed ASAP.
Which begs the question: What does it look like when asphalt damage is threatening the overall stability of your driveway or parking lot?
Keep reading to find out!
Asphalt Repairs That Can’t Wait
Tiny surface cracks in a driveway or slight crumbling along an unused edge of a parking lot are not considered urgent (although they should still be addressed at some point).
However, large, deep cracks and potholes do pose a more acute threat and should be fixed immediately. Here’s why:
- Rainwater and moisture can penetrate deep holes and cracks and cause them to expand as the temperature fluctuates.
- Excess water may also trickle down deeper into the pavement, weakening the foundation. A weak foundation causes more cracks to form.
- Deep and/or wide potholes in particular pose a substantial safety risk on your property. Not only are they a tripping hazard for pedestrians, but they could also damage vehicle tires and wheels.
So, if you observe any such deepening or expanding asphalt cracks or potholes, those are what we’d call urgent problems. In such cases, you need to patch up, saw cut, or restore the asphalt ASAP. Fortunately, United Asphalt Paving is here to help!
Call our asphalt contractors today for service in Fort Worth, Houston, and beyond!