All of us have driven through an old and worn out road or parking lot full of cracks and potholes. Asphalt crack sealer is an effective and affordable solution for repairing cracks that form in asphalt from fluctuations in temperature.
Repaving an entire parking lot or road every time a crack forms is not practical or feasible. Imagine having to hire asphalt contractors to lay fresh asphalt every couple of months. The asphalt in parking lots and roads naturally expands when temperatures rise during the day and then relaxes as the asphalt cools in the evening.
What Is Asphalt Crack Sealing?
This constant motion day in and out causes the asphalt to separate and begin forming cracks. The cracks then cause further issues which can become costly if left unresolved. The cracks allow for moisture to spread through the entire base (or underneath) the asphalt.
In the long run, this moisture compromises the asphalt leading to much greater issues beyond cracks. An asphalt crack sealer provides protection from long-term water and chemical damage that can compromise the asphalt while prolonging the life of the asphalt and lowering future repaving costs.
The Asphalt Crack Sealing Process
The process of asphalt crack sealing is straightforward and affordable in the long run. First, the asphalt contractors will blast out all the accumulated debris from the cracks. This allows the sealing material used to better adhere to the asphalt.
Following the removal of the debris from the cracks, a sealing rubber material is applied to the asphalt cracks while a rubber blade tool is used to form a watertight seal. In some cases, the cracking in the asphalt has become extensive and forms what is called “Alligator Cracking”.
This form of asphalt cracking allows a large amount of water to pour into the subbase of the asphalt from moisture and rain. When large amounts of water are allowed to pour freely into the asphalt subbase it causes the subbase to become compromised.
This is a far more serious issue that cannot easily be fixed using a standard asphalt crack sealer. This is why it is extremely important to address the issue of asphalt cracking quickly to prevent costly repairs in the long run.
Atlantic Southern Paving and Sealcoating is the premier choice for a variety of asphalt services, including asphalt crack sealing. We are experts in paving and sealcoating and are proud to have been in operation for over twenty-five successful years.
Our team of experienced professionals specializes in every aspect of asphalt design, installation, and maintenance of parking lot areas. We ensure your parking lot area has a long life expectancy, a great visual look, and is safe for cars and pedestrians.
Contact us today to learn more about our specialized services and how we can help your parking lot appear the very best it can be.