How Property Owners Can Avoid the Liability of Asphalt and Concrete Potholes


Your driveway is the mirror to your house because it is what is noticed first before the house or office. It tells others of how important aesthetic beauty is to you. You should construct your driveway in such a way that it represents your personality to the outside world. Commonly used materials for the construction of driveways are concrete and asphalt.

A poorly laid out driveway will soon result in development of potholes, which sends a different image to whoever is passing by. What’s more, if it is not corrected immediately it could turn out to be a liability in the long run. It’s been said that a stitch in time saves nine, and in this situation an early correction of any cracks will be cheaper in terms of money and your image will be preserved.

If anyone uses your asphalt driveways and accidentally trips due to a pothole, they could sue you for damages attained. By law, safety around your home is your responsibility and any consequences due to safety failures could land you in trouble. So whatever you do, your driveway should not be a hazard to yourself or anyone else using it.  

As much as concrete and asphalt are strong building materials, long exposure to ultraviolet rays and storm water can cause damage to them. So, anytime you are walking or driving around your driveway, check out for any cracks or potholes and arrange for immediate repairs. A quick response will see you spend less money towards the repairs.

Before you embark on the repairs, look around for a professional contractor preferably in asphalt companies who offer repair services. Working with a professional gives you peace of mind that the quality of work done will not be sub-standard. A qualified contractor will not shy away from showing you previous repair projects. You can also talk to their previous clients and even have a look at the work they did for them.

Things to discuss with your contractor prior to any repairs

Before your contractor can put out his or her tools to work, there are a few things you need to be in agreement with. It is best if the agreement is put on paper so that in the event that either party is not satisfied with the other, it will be used as proof of evidence should the need arise. Below are some of things that should be spelled out in the agreement:

  • The Scope

Every part that is to be repaired should be marked out well and accurately. This ensures that enough concrete or asphalt is bought for the intended use. It also ensures that no part is left out without being repaired.

  • Cost

You should agree on the cost of materials and labor for the repair job. When you are shopping around for a contractor, ask about their charges as well so that you gauge how much you are willing to pay up comfortably.

  • Repair Hours

The time during which the construction will be done will depend on whether there are other people involved. You should work with the most convenient time so that there are no unnecessary interruptions to anyone using the driveways.

During the construction

Clear communication between the contactor and the owners makes the repair process simple. Arrangements should be made such that repair is done in sections to leave space for anyone who may require to use parking space.

As soon as repairs kick off, the area should be marked off clearly with construction tape to keep off anyone from getting to the site. This does not just make the operation smooth, but is also for security reasons.         

In conclusion

Asphalt driveways can last for a long period if maintained in good condition. Taking care of any asphalt cracks or asphalt potholes will reduce the liability they cause to home owners.

Author Bio:

Sam Wade is an innovative digital marketing manager designing end-to-end marketing campaigns for Jackson Asphalt. His expertise lies in developing unique marketing processes that ensure continued growth and development of the business. Sam has successfully led the marketing team of Jackson Asphalt with his knowledge and experience.

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