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Welcome to the world of Puddles 'n Potholes!

Thank you for visiting our website!    We do professional infrared asphalt repair of puddles, potholes (no suspense there), alligator cracking, depressions, birdbaths, utility cuts, catch basins, manhole covers, trench restorations, and winter repairs. We work on residential driveways, commercial and industrial lots and properties. Puddles and potholes are all over!

We have over 30 years of experience in Quality Asphalt Paving and infrared repairs.  Customers often express the need for simple puddle and pothole repairs on older driveways.  We would love to explain what these problems are, why they form, and what we can do about them. Nobody wants unsightly, dangerous puddles, potholes, or alligator cracking on their driveway.  Other than overlaying or removing and repaving that driveway, which is very expensive, we offer a much less costly alternative to help your driveway look better and last longer.

 

Take a look at the "Before" and "After" examples below.  The edges around the repairs are seamless.  During the repair process, the asphalt is liquefied not only at the repair site, but several inches around  it as well, to allow the new asphalt being installed to meld with the existing asphalt.  When the technician tamps and rolls the asphalt, it becomes a seamless fix.

This stuff is so exciting.  While we've been paving driveways for over thirty years, and while we appreciate a beautiful new asphalt driveway as much as the next homeowner, sometimes a repair is all you need! 

The Science of Asphalt

Asphalt is a porous product.  Small stones with sharp edges are mixed with tar, which is comprised of emulsifying petroleum additives, to form bituminous concrete-or asphalt.  The hot asphalt, at about 300 degrees, is installed over dirt and a crushed stone base, usually.  There are microscopic spaces in the asphalt "mix".  Water, which is everywhere, can seep into those tiny spaces.  When that water freezes, those tiny spaces can expand.  When that happens, and when vehicular traffic is introduced, the pressure from above and from the dirt and stone underneath can begin to deteriorate the asphalt.  It's inevitable.  Small cracks become large cracks, large cracks become puddles, puddles become potholes...and you call Puddles 'n Potholes. Don't worry, we can help!

 

Puddles

A puddle is a small accumulation of water in a depression in asphalt. A depression can form when a vehicle is parked in the same spot on asphalt, usually in hot weather or where the sun is always shining in the same spot.    Puddles are a common sight on asphalt driveways and parking lots.  It’s important to remember that an asphalt driveway is not a granite countertop!   Puddling can also form at the edges of the asphalt.  This is very common on unsupported edges or in places where water stands, such as the area in front of the garage.

Potholes

When water is channeled under asphalt, and the asphalt is compromised by traffic wear and tear, the turning of vehicle tires in the same spot all the time, or the beating down of the sun, cracks can form.  Water can then seep into those tiny cracks and freeze or it can wash away the dirt or stone subbase under the asphalt. If it freezes, the pressure from the ice formation can form larger cracks.  If it washes away or moves the dirt or stone under the asphalt, the asphalt base is compromised and cracks begin to form by pressure from vehicular traffic.  If the asphalt is compromised by high summer temperatures, causing oxidation (or drying out) of the oils in the asphalt, this can also cause deterioration.   All this cracking, although microscopic to start, is subjected to vehicular traffic and…you guessed it-potholes form.

Cracking

There are different types of cracking that occur on asphalt.  "Alligator" or "fatigue" cracking" is an area characterized by cracks that are formed perpendicular to each other and the resulting pattern resembles the hide of an alligator.   Alligator cracking can form when the subbase is insufficient to support the asphalt.   When vehicular pressure is then introduced, the asphalt can crack.  Longitudinal cracking is cracking in a long pattern running up and down the installation.  Transverse cracking is the occurrence of cracks that run across the asphalt, say, across the driveway.  Block cracking is a pattern of cracks that form perpendicular to each other, in a large block pattern. While it may be interesting to read about, if your driveway has any kind of cracks...you just want to get rid of them!

 

Infrared Asphalt Repair

Infrared seamless asphalt repair is the most innovative and technologically advanced repair method available today for both commercial and residential applications.

To remedy puddles, potholes, and alligator cracking, the affected asphalt area is heated, rejuvenated, and reused.  Unlike the "Sawcut, Remove and Replace" method, infrared repairs do not leave a "cold" seam around the perimeter of the repair.  This seam can be a weak point and is susceptible to damage from water seepage. While suitable for some repairs, this old method is now joined by a new, more ecologically friendly and "cleaner" repair method. The result from this process is a longer-lasting, seamless and attractive repair that has recycled the existing asphalt.  Although the color is different, the finished infrared repair is an integral part of the existing pavement.  After Puddles 'n Potholes LLC has repaired the area, it is a good idea to have the driveway or lot professionally sealcoated to help disguise the repairs by making the whole area somewhat more uniform in color, and to further protect it.

It is to be noted that infrared repair can address wide longitudinal, transverse, and block cracks by making them smaller and therefore less visible.  All cracks should be addressed when they begin to form.  This is done by having them professionally filled with hot tar then sealcoated to guard against water seepage into the asphalt and underlying base.

 

Request a Free Estimate!

Use this form to contact our office to request a free estimate.  As soon as we receive it, we will reach out to schedule a visit from our Puddle 'n Pothole expert.  They will evaluate the condition of your asphalt and discuss your repair options.  Your estimate will arrive in the mail shortly after his visit.