Pavement cracking is an inevitable occurrence that maintenance engineers have grown accustomed to. It is impossible to construct a pavement that does not develop cracks after a certain amount of service time. Cracking is one of two main concerns considered in the pavement design process, and it is the main cause of deterioration of asphalt pavement. Cracks need to be treated promptly because they create a point of entry for water and debris to penetrate down to the base material below. Water can cause severe damage when it gets trapped in the crack and freezes, such as potholes, base failures, and secondary cracking. Regular repair of pavement cracks is one of the main methods of preventative maintenance, since failure to repair cracks in a timely fashion can lead to premature failure.
Why choose crack filling?
Dollar for dollar, crack filling is one of the most cost effective preventative maintenance procedures for your parking area. If there is one thing you can do to extend the life of your pavement, this is it.
When should a parking area be crack filled?
The procedure can be done throughout the life cycle of the pavement. Only isolated cracks should be done, not alligatored areas.
How often should my parking area be crack filled?
As often as needed. It should be an integral part of a regular maintenance program.
Will sealcoat stick to the crack filler?
The two materials will bond, but the crack filler is designed to expand and contract with the outside temperature changes, so the sealer will eventually chip off.
Will the cracks reopen?
It is possible due to the freeze thaw cycles and wide temperature changes here in the northeast. Cracks will open up in winter and contract during the summer as the asphalt heats up and expands. This is why it is an ongoing maintenance procedure.