3 Ways a Contractor Can Repair a Pothole

Posted on: 18 October 2022

Potholes are a common problem that can have a serious impact on roads and pavements. Potholes are formed when water gets into pavement cracks during cold weather and freezes. As it freezes, it expands and weakens the asphalt. Over time, the weight of traffic can cause the pavement to collapse, creating a pothole. These holes not only damage vehicles, but they can also be dangerous for pedestrians. This article provides an overview of three methods of pothole repair.

1. Spray Injection Patching 

This method involves a contractor using a high-pressure hose to inject a hot asphalt mix into the hole. The asphalt quickly cools and hardens, filling the hole and restoring the pavement to its original strength. Because this method doesn't require digging or removing the old pavement, it can be done relatively quickly and cheaply. As a result, it is often used by cities to repair potholes on busy streets.

2. Cold Applied Instant Material

Conventionally, potholes are repaired by first excavating the area around the hole and then filling it with hot asphalt. However, this process is time-consuming and expensive, and it often results in a patch that is not as strong as the surrounding pavement. Cold-applied instant material is a new type of repair material that can be used to quickly and easily repair potholes. This material hardens as soon as it is exposed to air, so there is no need to heat it up before use. In addition, cold-applied instant material bonds tightly to the sides of the hole, creating a stronger repair that is less likely to fail. As a result, this new type of repair material offers a quick, easy, and durable solution for potholes.

3. Thermal Repairs

Thermal repair is a method of repairing potholes that can extend the life of the repair and help to prevent further damage. The process involves heating the asphalt around the pothole until it becomes pliable, then filling and compacting the hole. The result is a more substantial repair that is less likely to be undermined by freezing temperatures. 


So, there are methods a contractor can use to repair a pothole. The method a contractor uses will depend on factors such as the size of the pothole and the extent of the damage. To find out more, contact a paving repair service near you today. A member of the team will be happy to help you.