Should you be concerned about cracks in your Asphalt?

May 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Testimonials

YES! Cracks in asphalt are a sign your driveway or parking area is need of attention.  A crack, often caused by changes in temperature
and weather conditions, provides an opening for chemicals and water to work their way into the substrate of the asphalt allowing further
deterioration beneath the surface. This in turn will cause the formation of larger cracks and holes. This not only leads to a bigger
expense down the road when it comes time to sealcoat, but decreases the life span of your paved area. Proper maintenance of
an asphalt driveway or parking lot requires prompt repair of cracks.
There are different kinds of cracks. Single line cracks are the easiest to fix. A hairline crack, less than ¼ inches, does not need
to be repaired separately but can be filled with sealant. A crack ¼ inches to 2 inches in size should be fixed with a special
crack filler and sealer. Anything larger is actually considered a pot hole and should be treated as such.
Some cracked areas have a “chicken wire” pattern. These areas are more severe and indicate that the substrate has been
damaged and is considered a pot hole. If they have not sunk down a bit already, they will in time. These areas again require
the attention of a professional.
Before beginning doing the repair work yourself, it may be helpful to contact your local Sealcoating Professional for an estimate. Having the
cracks and holes repaired professionally may save you time and money in the long run. Incorrectly repaired cracks will not properly protect your asphalt from further deterioration.


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