Importance Of Sealcoating And Crack Filling

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
-Benjamin Franklin

Why Is Sealcoating And Crack Filling Important?

Sealcoating and crack filling are extremely important maintenance services that should be performed to increase the longevity of your asphalt pavement investment and it is advised that you or a professional perform a yearly inspection of your parking lot or driveway and put a maintenance plan in place.

When left to the harsh elements, asphalt pavement will deteriorate rapidly. The asphalt binder that holds the pavement together will begin to oxidize and weather. If moisture is allowed to penetrate through cracks in the asphalt surface the structural layers beneath the surface will start to fail causing potholes.

How Does Sealcoating and Filling Cracks Protect Asphalt Pavement?

  • Sealcoating is used to protect off-highway asphalt surfaces against gasoline, oil, salt, water and ultraviolet rays. Sealcoating should be applied one year after a new parking lot or driveway is constructed and then every 2-3 years for proper maintenance. It’s virtually sunscreen for your asphalt surface.
  • Cracks in your asphalt pavement should not be ignored and need to be filled. Cracks in asphalt pavement will turn into potholes through out harsh winter months if left untreated. Moisture that is allowed to work its way into cracks will saturate the subgrade. Extensive damage will occur. The weakened asphalt pavement will be left unsupported, cracks will widen, and potholes will form during the freeze-and-thaw cycles. Once traffic hits that spot, the cavity that was created will collapse and a pothole will form. Cracks ¼ to ½ inch should be filled with crack filler. Cracks ½ or larger are too large to effectively crack fill and other maintenance procedures such as patching should be discussed.

Protect Your Asphalt Investment.

Save yourself from future headaches. Protect your investment. Crack sealing and sealcoating are essential steps to a proper strategic asphalt management plan and far less expensive than new construction once pavement is irreparable. 

Rely on the professionals at Superior Asphalt, Inc. to give you an honest and proper analysis of your asphalt parking lot or residential driveway.  “Service Beyond The Surface” is our motto and we stick to it.

Contact us today!

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