How Much Does a Pothole Cost To Repair?
At this time of year, potholes are frequently developing on our roads. With the cold winter nights dropping below 0°C, the water absorbed into the road surfacing can freeze and expand which can damage the surrounding road surfacing. With over 900,000 potholes reported on our roads, the depth of the pothole problem in the UK exceeds 33,422m which is 3 times the depth of the Pacific Ocean.
Potholes are a serious problem here in the UK. In one year, potholes have caused almost £3 million worth of damage to vehicles, this has resulted in several people taking it upon themselves to do something about the problem. Unfortunately, there is only so much the public can do to resolve the issues on public roads. The responsibility lies with the local council to upkeep the maintenance of our road surfaces.
In this blog post, we will be discussing a number of the main factors that will contribute to the costs of pothole repair service. Comparing both domestic and commercial surfacing solutions, we aim to provide you with everything you need to know before carrying out this work.
Commercial Surfacing Pothole Repair
As mentioned previously, the maintenance of our roads is the responsibility of the local councils. There is not much which can be done by the residents of the local area to help get this work pushed forward. Whilst sending a letter off complaining about the issue may bring it to attention, the costs will have to be dealt with by the those in charge of the local community and not the residents who live there. Commercial surfacing pothole repair can be very costly, especially when the pothole lies upon a busy road which may require closures.
Domestic Surfacing Pothole Repair
Repairing potholes within your driveway will be a lot cheaper than a commercial surface. Often the pothole will be much smaller in size and the repair job can be completed in a matter of a couple of hours instead of a whole day which some commercial surfaces may need. The cost of the pothole repair service will depend on factors including size, surfacing material and access to the premises. If you own a larger property with good access to specialist surfacing equipment we are sure that the overall cost of the job will be relatively low and you can have your driveway repaired in a matter of no time.
The Potholes Width & Depth
When enquiring with a surfacing contractor, one of the first questions they will ask you will be around the size of the pothole in question. Larger holes that vary in depth and will be a complexed job to fix. The size of the pothole will determine the amount of surfacing material required and the processes involved with repairing it. It’s hard to give an average price of this work as this will vary depending on your requirements but we highly recommend you contact a local surfacing company and have the work quoted professionally.
Surfacing Material Choice
The material chosen for the pothole repair will be advised by your chosen contractor. Its often best practice to chose a material which matches the surrounding surfacing for aesthetics purposes but there are situations where others are used to offer improved durability. The chosen surfacing solution will defiantly impact the price you pay for the pothole repair but this is considered to be a minor factor when compared to size.
We hope that you have found this article helpful and it has allowed you to better understand the pricing involved with pothole repair. To get accurate pricing for the work you have in mind we recommend you speak to a local contractor. Submitting images of the pothole is a great way to get a rough estimate of the price remotely.