Pothole Repair Solutions
It is a sad fact that the appalling state of the UK’s roads is now the worst it has ever been.
Whether quiet country lanes, town and city roads and even some of the busiest motorways, our roads are crumbling away and the biggest problem of all is potholes.
Years of neglect and under funding have clearly contributed hugely to this blight on our roads and highways, coupled with the massive increase in traffic and in particular heavy lorries. But a major part of the pothole problem must lie with the lack of forward planning by central and local governments who must surely have been aware that the road infrastructure would need a running programme of maintenance to keep up with traffic development.
Quick pothole fixes solve nothing
Rather than effect proper, long-lasting repairs to potholes councils seem to have mostly gone for short-term repairs which are cheap but serve only to plug the gap – literally – for a few months before the pothole reappears. All it takes for a pothole to reappear is a short period of heavy rain or severe frost and snow.
Part of the problem appears to be that councils can quite easily absolve their responsibilities for any damage done to vehicles, or for injuries sustained, by claiming that they have checked the condition of a road in accordance with their own criteria. There appears to be no government-set standard for a system of road checking and individual councils can set their own schedules. The result is that millions are paid out in compensation every year to road users who fall foul of potholes. Surely the money could be better spent by adequately maintaining roads in the first place.
Long-lasting pothole repair is possible
Councils spend an average £50 on a small pothole repair so they presumably think this is good value for money. This often involves a simple method whereby a man with a shovel pours a small amount of tarmac into the hole and levels it over. Job done. This is then unfortunately prone to breaking up or sinking in again shortly thereafter because water will make its way underneath the repair.
A much better way is to use infrared tarmac repair. This involves heating the damaged area until it becomes soft and workable. An application of rejuvenating emulsion is applied followed by new tarmac to fill in any voids. The area is then compacted down so that a seamless patch is heat-bonded to the surrounding area. It is the thermal bonding process which ensures no water can leak through the repair.
Environmentally friendly pothole repairs
One of the great advantages of using this technology is that the cost of it is comparable to conventional repairs but a repair done in this way will last much, much longer. The infrared process takes an average 20 minutes or less and is a suitably eco-friendly method as it utilises existing tarmac.
It makes no sense for councils to continue to use outdated, expensive and short-term pothole repair methods when the new technology is in place to provide long-lasting, cost-effective repairs.
Planned maintenance is the only way forward, both to protect budgets in the long term and ensure that our roads are kept to high standards that we rightly should expect.
Renoo.co.uk are a national one-stop, pothole repair shop and specialise in providing long-lasting, cost-effective solutions to pothole damage.