Filling cracks in asphalt pavement is a long-established — and highly effective — part of maintaining a surface and extending its life. It is also essential if the property owner wants to avoid more costly repairs in the future or replace the surface long before it should have been necessary.
Does Crack-filling Really Work – How?
Asphalt pavement requires a solid foundation on which to rest. Cracks let water penetrate to the foundation, causing erosion. The freeze/thaw cycle does even more damage. Before long, the pavement can become riddled with potholes or multiple cracks, which leads to further erosion of the foundation’s integrity. Once the foundation becomes sufficiently degraded, it can no longer support the weight of the pavement and the traffic.
Crack filling keeps the water where it belongs — on top of the pavement, not beneath it. Filling should be part of every property owner’s asphalt maintenance plan, and all cracks need to be filled and stabilized prior to having sealant applied.
However, it is important to note what crack filling is not. It is not a method of fixing deep, gaping holes in the pavement. It is not considered an invisible repair in all cases; small cracks may not stand out after sealant is applied, but larger cracks may remain visible. It is not a “miracle cure” for a surface that has been improperly installed or neglected for decades.
It is also not a job for amateurs. Different materials and filling methods can be used, depending on the specific nature of the crack. Asphalt Pavement Solutions has more than 30 years of experience with maintaining and repairing asphalt surfaces. We provide services to clients throughout the states of New Jersey, Delaware and Philadelphia. Whether you need crack filling, asphalt sealcoating or parking lot striping, contact us for a free quote. You can use the form on our website or call us at 1-800-559-SEAL, 1-856-461-1710 or 1-856-544-3990.
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