There are millions of vehicles on the road in and around Anne Arundel County, so most driveways have at least one, if not more, sitting in them. While an asphalt driveway is durable and has an average life expectancy of 25 years, there are some things that can take a toll.
One of the most common signs of damage to your asphalt is cracks. You must address these cracks early. If not, they will only get worse and you will ultimately need to replace your driveway, which is a much more expensive project than repairing it with crack filling.
Crack Filling: What is it?
When you notice cracks developing in your asphalt driveway, it’s important to address them as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse. Crack filling is an effective solution. This describes the process of filling cracks with asphalt cutbacks and emulsions, preventing water from seeping into them. There are two common methods used for crack filling:
Cold-Applied Crack Filling
In this method, the asphalt emulsion liquid is heated to a moderate temperature and poured into the cracks. This material is inflexible and quickly bulges out of the crack once the temperature reaches freezing. This method is more budget-friendly than hot-pour but is not as durable or effective.
Hot-Pour Crack Filling
In this method, molten rubberized asphalt is used to fill the cracks. Since the material sets quickly, this method is ideal for repairing cracks on highways where disruptions must be minimized. This method is much more durable than cold-applied crack filling, but it is also more expensive.
Crack Filling Benefits
When your asphalt driveway is damaged due to cracks, Capital Paving and Sealcoating can help you with crack filling. There are several benefits offered by crack filling, such as:
Cracks have a substantial impact on the lifespan of your asphalt surface. By utilizing solutions such as crack filling when you see a problem saves money because you won’t have to replace the entire driveway.
Crack filling improves the durability of your driveway by minimizing existing damage and preventing future damage.
Maintains curb appeal
First impressions are everything. Unfortunately, if you have cracks or potholes all over your driveway or parking lot, you’re not creating a very good first impression. After all, cracks have a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home or business. Crack filling can help you maintain curb appeal.
Makes surface water resistant
Cracks in your asphalt surface allow water to seep into the pavement, jeopardizing the support structure. This speeds up the deterioration process. Crack filling acts as a protective layer, preventing water from getting in.
Why Hire a Professional for Asphalt Crack Filling
While you will find crack-filling materials at your local building supply store, it’s best if you hire a professional when you have cracks in your asphalt. The top 3 reasons you should trust Capital Paving and Sealcoating to complete your crack-filling project are:
We offer in-depth repair
When you hire us, you can be sure that we will do the job right. First, we will thoroughly clean out the area. Then, we will apply a sealant to fill in the crack and prevent it from spreading.
We offer patch services
In addition, we offer patch services for cracks that extend out, making the structure of the surface unstable. Patches are applied after the cracked areas have been addressed, improving the structure of the asphalt.
We extend the life of your asphalt
While asphalt is budget-friendly compared to other surfaces, replacing an asphalt driveway or parking lot can be expensive. Crack filling and patching extends the life of your asphalt, so it lasts longer than it typically would.
Does Your Asphalt Driveway or Parking Lot Need Crack Filling?
If you’ve noticed cracks forming in your asphalt driveway or parking lot, contact Capital Paving and Sealcoating today. We will be happy to come to you and provide you with an estimate for our services. We have been offering asphalt services since 1956 and have been in Anne Arundel county for 20+. We are family-owned and operated so we have the customer loyalty and values of a small business, but the ability to handle larger commercial jobs as well.