The Basics of Crack Filling: Asphalt Maintenance Tips from My Pavement Guy

Cracking and asphalt do not mix.

When left untreated, cracks allow water to penetrate deep down into asphalt, softening the stone base. This can lead to alligator cracking / spider webbing, pot holes, and other forms of pavement degradation. The final result: premature failure of your asphalt parking lot / pavement surface and the costly replacement of that surface.

And these conditions worsen as temperatures reach extreme highs and lows.

  • Cracking and Winter Weather: Cracks left over the winter can grow quickly due to snow plowing and the freeze/thaw cycle.
  • Cracking and Summer Weather: In warm and sunny climates, oxidation and humidity have a similar effect.

Asphalt Maintenance Options

  • Asphalt Patching: Patching often doesn’t last and can cost several times what timely crack-sealing costs.
  • Asphalt Crack Filling: Crack sealing can reduce pavement deterioration by restricting water penetration into underlying base and sub-base layers. As part of a preventative pavement maintenance program, crack sealing / crack filling extends the life of your pavement surface.

Benefits of Asphalt Crack Filling

  • Economical Maintenance Technique: Crack sealing provides the most cost- effective use of dollars over time compared to other pavement maintenance techniques.
  • Lock Moisture Out: Filling cracks with either a hot or cold rubberized crack filler helps prevent rain and moisture from flowing through the pavement and causing pavement or base/sub-base failure.
  • Extend the Useful Life of Your Asphalt!

If you have any further questions about Asphalt Crack Filling / Asphalt Crack Sealing or have a project that you need completed, then contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777 or click here today! The asphalt experts here have managed hundreds of pavement projects and have the experience you need.

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