Potholes probably top people who don’t use their turn signal in the list of biggest driving annoyances. The appear out of nowhere, and once a pothole turns up on your morning commute, it seems almost inevitable that you will hit it. Every. Single. Day.

Potholes form as asphalt weakens due to excessive use, changes in temperature, and exposure to moisture. So just how does this type of asphalt repair actually get done?

Pothole Repairs

How a pothole gets repaired depends on where the pothole is and what the weather conditions are when it appears. Potholes that pop up on public roads are the responsibility of a given city or district to repair, and most cities have hotline numbers where citizens can report a pothole.

While crews will sometimes apply a temporary patch of cold asphalt to a pothole on a busy road, eventually semi-permanent repairs will be needed. Such a repair job requires reconstructing the edge of the pothole along with the foundational substrate layers underneath. Once these precautionary measures are taken, hot asphalt will be poured into the remaining hole and will be smoothed over so that it is level with the surrounding roadway.

If, however a road is littered with potholes, it might be in the best interest of the city or individual to repave the road entirely. Lots of potholes are a sign that the pavement is no longer structurally sound, and while you could repair the holes one by one, it is only a matter of time before new ones will appear.

Repaving a street or driveway involves breaking down and removing the existing asphalt before pouring layers of substrate and asphalt or concrete over top. While this might seem to be a simple enough job to tackle on your own, if your goal is a long lasting driveway, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional who will know the best asphalt to use for your region, and will have the skills and equipment necessary to expertly get the job done.

Finding a Qualified Pavement Specialist

If you have a pothole or other sign of wear and tear on your driveway, your best bet is to contact a pavement specialist to take care of the job. While it might be tempting to try to fix the pothole on your own, chances are you don’t have the experience or the equipment to do the job well, and it will just be a matter of time before the pothole returns even worse than before.

Look online to find an experienced and reputable pavement repair specialist in your area. Skimming through customer reviews will give you a good idea of whether or not a specialist provides quality service for a reasonable price. Shop around to get a few different quotes, and discard any options that say they can do the job for much cheaper than your other options. Chances are, such a specialist is inexperienced — or is planning to cut corners, as opposed to doing work that will last for years to come.