Asphalt Crack Sealing
Asphalt is a popular paving material due to its durability and longevity. However, over time, it can develop cracks, which can lead to more significant damage and even safety hazards. At Garden State Pavement Solutions, we offer asphalt crack sealing services to help our customers maintain a safe and attractive pavement surface.
Purpose of Asphalt Crack Sealing
The primary purpose of crack sealing is to prevent water from seeping into the pavement and causing further damage. When water penetrates the pavement, it can weaken the structure, causing the cracks to widen and deepen. Additionally, if water freezes and thaws within the pavement, it can cause the pavement to heave and crack further.
Frequency of Asphalt Crack Sealing
It’s essential to seal asphalt cracks promptly to prevent further damage. We recommend that you inspect your pavement surface every year to identify any cracks or other issues. If you spot any cracks, don’t wait too long to have them repaired. Prompt crack sealing can help prolong the life of your pavement and prevent costly repairs in the future.
Asphalt pavement can develop different types of cracks, including:
- Block Cracks: These are interconnected cracks that form square or rectangular shapes, resembling a block.
- Transverse Cracks: These are cracks that run perpendicular to the pavement’s centerline and are often caused by temperature changes or heavy traffic loads.
- Longitudinal Cracks: These are cracks that run parallel to the pavement’s centerline and are often caused by poor joint construction or aging.
- Edge Cracks: These are cracks that form along the pavement’s edges and are caused by poor drainage or weak soil.
Process of Asphalt Crack Sealing:
- Cleaning the cracks: We use high-pressure air to clean out the cracks and remove any debris.
- Applying crack sealant: We apply a hot-poured or cold-applied rubberized crack sealant to fill the cracks, ensuring maximum adhesion and durability.
- Smoothing the surface: We use a wand disc or squeegee to smooth the surface of the crack sealant and ensure it’s level with the pavement.
- Curing: We allow the crack sealant to cure for a specified amount of time before allowing traffic to resume.
Common Problems if Cracks are Not Sealed:
If you neglect to have cracks in your asphalt pavement sealed, you risk further damage to your pavement, including:
- Potholes: Cracks can widen and deepen, eventually forming potholes, which can damage vehicles and create safety hazards.
- Uneven Pavement: Cracks can cause the pavement to become uneven, creating tripping hazards for pedestrians.
- Structural Damage: Water can penetrate the pavement and weaken the structure, causing the pavement to deteriorate faster.
Don’t let cracks in your asphalt pavement lead to costly repairs and safety hazards. Contact Garden State Pavement Solutions today for professional and reliable asphalt crack sealing services.