How Do I Address Cracks on My Asphalt Driveway?

When you chose asphalt for your driveway paving, you likely based your decision on the economical price, rapid installation, and curb appeal that asphalt offered. However, over time, your driveway may develop a few cracks. Cracks on an asphalt driveway that are no larger than a human hair can often disappear when you sealcoat your driveway, but you need to address any cracks that are more significant.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Cracks on My Asphalt Driveway?

Once driveway cracking starts, the cracks will expand in all three dimensions until they are addressed. While the cracks remain open, they will allow water to enter, and the force of gravity will pull the water deeper and deeper into the pavement’s structure. The driveway’s base can be weakened and destabilized, resulting in additional cracks, pavement subsidence, and potholes. If the water remains trapped under the surface, it can freeze, and the expanding ice will inflict additional damage.

How Do I Repair Cracks on My Asphalt Driveway?

There are two basic methods of asphalt crack repair, and they are crack sealing and crack filling. The method of application can vary slightly, but the main difference is in the type of material used to make the repair. However, there can be some overlap in the properties of the materials. For example, a traditional asphalt crack filler will become rigid and inflexible once it has cured, but a hot rubber crack filler usually remains more pliable. When it comes to the application, asphalt crack filler is typically placed inside the crack, but it may also extend a short distance onto the surrounding pavement. Crack sealing usually involves placing the sealant material over the crack, but it can also be placed inside as well. Manufacturers include instructions with their products that can walk you through the steps involved to seal or fill the cracks on your asphalt pavement.

What Is the Best Way to Repair Cracks on My Asphalt Driveway?

Under most circumstances, we recommend crack sealing with Deery crack sealants. This method normally yields a much longer-lasting repair because the sealant can remain strongly bonded to the pavement even during seasonal temperature fluctuations. Whether you choose crack filling or sealing, you should follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully. Although the specifics will vary, every set of directions will instruct you to make sure the crack is clean and free from vegetation.

To Learn More, Contact B&E Seal Coat Products

You can visit each manufacturer’s site to find specifications, application instructions, and more details. You can also contact us for personalized assistance.

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