Maintenance: Asphalt Repair and Sealcoating

When it comes to maintaining your driveway for the long haul, there are a couple of different options and things to consider.

Cracks

Alligator Cracking

Also known as fatigue cracking, alligator cracking often caused by overloading which may be a result of the pavement being too thin or a problem with the subbase.

Slippage Cracks

Slippage cracks can form because the asphalt mix was too weak or there was a poor bond between pavement layers. You can tell these apart from other cracks, as they resemble stretch marks.

Edge Cracks

As the name suggests, edge cracks form near the outer edge of your pavement. Heavy vegetation and a lack of support at the edge of your pavement causes this type of damage.

Potholes

Potholes form due to the wear and tear from weather and the amount of traffic on the pavement. Most potholes appear in late winter or early spring because water is continuously going through the freezing and melting cycle. If this water is in the asphalt base it can weaken the pavement. This kind of damage can be avoided or minimized with preventative maintenance.

Depressions

Depressions are areas of the pavement surface with lower elevations than the rest of the pavement. Depressions in pavement hold water, which can cause more damage later on.

Base Failure

Base failure can be a result of poor drainage, too much weight in one area, a lack of support or installation error. In order to repair the subbase you must first remove the entire surface layer.

Crack Filling

Crack filling is when hot rubberized Tar is used to fill cracks in the pavement to prevent water from doing any more damage. The sealant will adhere to the asphalt, keeping water and other natural elements from penetrating and exploiting the weakness in your pavement.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to cracks in their pavement is waiting too long to get them filled. With time, cracks will only grow bigger. What was once a small crack can quickly become alligator cracking or even a pothole, compromising the integrity of your entire pavement surface.


Sealcoating

Sealcoating will protect asphalt from fuel, oil, water, weather and traffic wear. It’s a quick and easy way to help prevent damage and should be applied every 3-5 years, always in the warmer months. Sealcoating is not done to new asphalt pavement but used to extend the lifespan of old pavement. Sealcoating leaves your pavement looking sleek and dark. This is the perfect solution if you are looking for a simple way to improve the appearance of your asphalt and protect it from the elements.

Benefits of Sealcoating

  • Prolongs the life of the pavement
  • Accelerates the melting of snow and ice
  • Reduces long term repair costs
  • Protects pavement from oxidation, oil, chemical spills, and water penetration
  • Enhances the appearance of the property

We offer two different types of asphalt sealer. LN11,  an oil-based product that is a form of gilsonite, is one of the many products that make up asphalt. This product is designed to soak into the asphalt and seal the asphalt from the inside out much as a stain would do on a deck. It not only seals and protects the asphalt from the elements, but it also helps to rejuvenated the asphalt to keep it strong for years to come.

Coal Tar Emulsion Sealer is another type of sealer that is a water-based product designed to protect the asphalt from elements. This product films a thin layer of sealer on top of the asphalt much like paint would do on a deck. Emulsion is the most common type of sealer on the market due to pricing because it’s a water-based product therefore it is less expensive than oil-based products.

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