Asphalt naturally cracks, and if they are not repaired, they quickly worsen and become a very expensive issue. The first line of defense against the deterioration and eventual breakdown of pavement is, in fact, crackfilling. Your investment in the pavement is preserved by successfully stopping the seepage of harmful substances.
One reason for asphalt cracking is heavy vehicles or equipment parked on the driveway for extended periods can cause the asphalt to crack. The weight of these loads can cause the pavement to compress, leading to damage.
It is very common also that trees planted near the driveway cause the asphalt to crack as their roots grow and expand. As the roots push against the pavement, it can lead to cracks and further damage.
Another cause is that poorly installed driveways are more susceptible to cracking. A weak or thin base layer, inadequate drainage, and improper compaction can all contribute to the development of cracks in the asphalt.
To avoid these threats, regular maintenance and repairs are necessary to keep the driveway or parking lot in good condition. Prompt repairs to any cracks that are 1/4 inch wide or larger are essential for maintaining and prolonging the lifespan of the pavement and avoiding costly repairs.
At Marcelo’s Asphalt Sealcoating, our skilled crews are well-equipped with the latest technology and premium-grade materials to effectively clean and repair cracks. Our process involves clearing the cracks of any vegetation or debris using a hot air lance or grazor wheel. Then, we use pressurized air to clean the cracks thoroughly before sealing them with hot-applied rubberized joint sealer, which meets or exceeds Federal Highway Specifications.
Crackfilling serves as the foundation of a successful asphalt maintenance program, and we recommend having your pavement inspected every 2-3 years to determine if additional crackfilling is necessary. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our crackfilling services.