Cracks are a common problem in asphalt surfaces. Cracks can form on asphalt driveways, roads, parking lots and walkways. When cracks develop it is important that you do not ignore them. Cracks will turn into a much bigger problem. Cracks allow water to seep underneath the asphalt and erode the asphalt’s foundation. When cracks form you will want them filled in and repaired. Andersen Asphalt & Striping will share why cracks occur and how they can be repaired.
What Causes Cracks in New or Old Asphalt?
Asphalt will develop cracks for a few different reasons. Asphalt is more prone to cracks in dryer weather, which is why cracks develop more quickly in the summer, or during droughts. When the soil dries up, the soil contracts. As the soil pulls inward, it will cause the asphalt to rip apart causing cracks. Trees are another common cause for cracks in the asphalt. The tree roots can grow underneath the asphalt seeking out moisture. The roots themselves can break apart the asphalt. However, the roots can also suck in all of the moisture in the soil which causes the soil to become very dry. Once again the soil contracts and pulls the asphalt apart. When cracks develop, water will get inside the cracks which in turn will speed up the development of bigger cracks or other problems such as potholes and erosion of the surface.
Is it Normal for Asphalt Cracks to Disappear After Rain?
When they are discovered, cracks needs to be repaired. However, cracks can seemingly vanish and be hard to relocate after it rains. When it rains, the water will seep in through the cracks and into the soil, causing the ground to swell and pull the cracks back together again. Just because you cannot find the cracks, doesn’t mean they are gone. When you discover cracks it may take a few days and even weeks to schedule an asphalt repair service to come and repair your asphalt. This is why it helps to have a satellite image or another view of the asphalt. Also, you should mark where the cracks are on the asphalt.
What is the Best Way to Repair Cracks in Asphalt?
When repairing cracks, the first step is to fill in the cracks. A crack patch filler is used which not only fills in the cracks, it also binds the asphalt together. Once the cracks have been filled in, you will need to have them sealed to prevent water from seeping into the cracks. However, when cracks do begin to form on the asphalt, this is often a sign that it is time to sealcoat the entire asphalt surface. Sealcoating the asphalt is an important part of maintaining the asphalt. Sealcoating should be done about every three years. Nevertheless, the asphalt should be inspected for cracks and repaired yearly to extend the life of the asphalt.
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Asphalts will develop problems and require maintenance. When problems occur or maintenance is needed it is important to seek a professional asphalt contractor to help you maintain and extend the life of the asphalt. For quality asphalt and striping services, contact Andersen Asphalt & Striping today.