Crack Sealing is critical to asphalt maintenance – repairing cracks in your asphalt surface as they appear is an important and inexpensive step to ensure that you get the most from your investment.
Crack sealing is the process of placing a hot, rubberized poly fiber filler with adhesive sealant into cracks on the pavement surface. This prevents the infiltration of moisture and non-compressible materials into the pavement. Crack sealing should be performed before a pavement becomes too distressed, which can easily add 3-5 years of extended pavement life.
Applying crack seal:
- Protects your pavement from deterioration from UV rays, rain, and snow
- Keeps water away
- Extends pavement life by 3-5 years
- Saves money from expensive repairs
Repairing cracks as they appear, when combined with other maintenance tasks like seal coating, is a cost-effective way to help prevent this costly expense.
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Did you know that you should expect 30+ year life from a freshly paved asphaltic surface that is on a consistent, scheduled preventative maintenance plan?
But without routine preventative maintenance, your pavement could require tear out and a repave in less than 15 years. For a business, your asphalt pavement asset is your second most valuable asset after your building. Unfortunately, asphalt surfaces like driveways and parking lots are often ignored and neglected after initial installation until the point they need to be replaced – which is a very costly approach.
From the moment your pavement installation is complete, your asphalt comes under constant attack from the elements of the sun, rain, snow, and ice. Over time, all of these elements will cause cracks – which act as a cancer to your pavement’s long-term health. Pavement deterioration is highest during the months of seasonal change from winter to spring. On warmer days, rain water creeps into small cracks that have developed over the past year due to aging effects from harsh weather elements and pressure from constant, repetitive vehicle usage. While those thin and small cracks may be barely visible to the human eye, they are easy access points for water to creep down to the pavement’s foundation. Subsequent colder days then freeze that infiltrated water which expands creating a force on the asphalt material and cause it to pop out. This freeze/thaw water cycle works in a stealthy way creating greater problems beneath the surface – only to surface exposing the far worsened pavement health condition. Tree roots and erosion beneath the surface are other destructive agents that can attack your pavement asset without being visible until after significant, costly damage has been done. And once you notice wide and deep cracks in your driveway or parking lot, it requires you to repave right away.
The good news is that you can completely avoid this costly reactive mistake by taking a cost-effective, proactive approach. Once you become a client of DocAsphalt, we monitor your pavement asset for you on an annual basis. As soon as the pavement first shows signs of transverse cracks, longitudinal cracks, minor block cracking, or even minor alligator (fatigue) cracking, we diagnose and prescribe the right preventative maintenance to optimally prolong your pavement. Parking lot maintenance includes corrective measures such as crack sealing, sealcoating, and asphalt patching/repair. Effective preventative maintenance is an ongoing process that needs regular monitoring to ensure that rehabilitation strategies are producing predicted results.
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