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A Primer on Potholes

A Primer on Potholes

If there is one thing everyone can agree on it’s that potholes are a pain – you will never complain about potholes and have someone disagree with you. Aside from that though, most people don’t know a lot about how potholes are formed and even less about how to properly repair them. Here is some basic information on the nemesis of drivers from Canada to Florida.


Potholes are caused by weather, age, water, and disruption from vehicles. All of these factors work on the road surface to create cracks that, grow larger over time. No matter how your road is constructed, potholes can form. The four main causes of potholes can be summarized as follows:

  • Inadequate drainage
  • Thin pavement that doesn’t support vehicle traffic at certain times of the year
  • Failure at man-holes and trenches
  • Delayed maintenance that results in cracks and moisture entering the base layer of the road

The more time between the first cracks appearing and preventative maintenance being performed, the bigger the pothole. Truly impressive potholes represent a failure on the part of a business owner or the agency responsible for repairs.


The key to preventing potholes is catching them in their early stages. Asphalt repair by a professional paving company will be less expensive and take less time than repairing a fully-formed pothole. Sealcoating can play a role in preventing potholes by strengthening the surface of the asphalt with a layer of coal-tar pitch or asphalt cement.

Once a large pothole forms, the hole must be filled with suitable materials and resurfaced. This involves bringing in heavy equipment and often shutting down a parking lot for a day or more.

For asphalt resurfacing, sealcoating, pothole repair, overlays, and striping, contact Azzarelli Paving in Florida. We have been operating in the Tampa area for over 30 years, working to eradicate potholes and produce clean asphalt parking lots for businesses. Call or email us today!

How Tampa’s Weather Can Damage Your Asphalt

While, in general, most seek out Tampa’s weather for a vacation getaway, with bright sunshine and warm days, the extent at which the outside conditions can reach may cause some problems, instead of relaxation. Summer weather in Tampa can raise the temperatures to remain in the nineties and above. Sunny days can lead to intense light rays. The rainy season can result in hard downpours with a great deal of water left on the ground. These are just a few ways that Tampa weather can become more extreme, which leads to asphalt damage.

How Heat Damages Asphalt

When the summer days make the air much hotter, it causes the exposed asphalt on the surface to expand. Meanwhile, the lower layers of asphalt remain cooler, keeping contracted. This change in shape and difference in layers can cause cracking and fractures.

How Sunlight Damages Asphalt

UV rays cause a number of issues. Just as a brightly colored object would become bleached in the sunlight, asphalt fades over time under the sun. These rays also lead to deterioration in the structure, as well, weakening the surface, warping it and creating soft spots.

How Rain Damages Asphalt

While water from anything can lead to damage, the amount of rain in Tampa reaches levels that are damaging on its own. Since asphalt is porous, water can seep through the surface and into lower layers. Water erodes away at the material, breaking it down and causing cracks.

How to Protect Your Asphalt

Regular maintenance is key to ensuring that your asphalt is protected from the damaging qualities of Tampa’s weather. An immediate fix can include patching of specific areas where cracks or holes have appeared. Asphalt overlay can also be done to resurface your asphalt, keeping the surface from deteriorating further and protecting lower layers. Regularly sealing the surface can also add extra protection to already intact asphalt. If you would like to keep your asphalt looking new and remaining strong, contact Azzarelli Paving at 813-313-4579 or email us at for a free estimate on repairs and treatment.