Blacktop and Asphalt Crack Sealing
If you have seen cracks in your asphalt driveways, this must be repaired immediately to avoid rainwater from causing further damage and seeping through the material. The process to fix this is referred to as crack sealing. To repair asphalt driveway and seal cracks, you must remove and kill and weeds, use screwdriver to groove-out the crack, sweep or blow-out any loose debris, fill the cracks with one or more as asphalt crack filler coats, utilize patch materials to fill larger holes and apply “asphalt sealer” to the entire driveway to get rid of the cracks and protect the entire area.
Filling blacktop and asphalt crack isn’t an easy task, but this will surely save you cash and keep your parking area or driveway surface slightly for several years. It’s essential to fix the cracks in timely manner for you to protect appearance and durability of your driveway. Cracks are usually caused by water which has seeped below, contacted or expanded with thawing and freezing temperatures. After filling and patching any dips or cracks in your driveway it is best to seal it to avoid further serious water seepage.
To fill small cracks, you must utilize rubberized asphalt emulsion crack filler; you must avoid getting the filler on “unaffected areas” as this can stain your driveway, causing unsightly marks. Furthermore, you must apply the fillers using “caulking gun”. Utilize patty knife, or trowel to smooth-out crack surface. Let your filler dry base on instructions on packaging before driving over affected area.
When Should You Have Crack Sealing Done?
Numerous associations suggest that you must sealcoat your new parking area or driveway at least one year after it’s has been installed. Make sure to utilize top quality commercial bituminous water emulsion sealer. In case you driveway is on the hill consider utilizing a sealer that contains sand. Don’t seal your driveway every year, bear in mind that sealers are just coating (like paint), you can apply too much causing it to easily peel and crack. The only time you need to reseal your driveway is after you clearly see that your old sealer is already wearing. Once the color of rocks (aggregate) start to show, it’s time to reseal your driveway; it easily wear off in areas where there’s a lot of car and foot traffic. You must apply a little thinner to non traffic areas, or else you will start getting sealer buildup that will start to peel and crack.
Benefits of Blacktop and Asphalt Sealing Maintenance
Most crack sealcoating prevent your driveway color from fading-away. Sealants make cleaning leak fluids or oil from your car a lot easier because liquid cannot seep into tiny pores of your driveway. Every 2 or 3 years is enough to keep driveway in good shape. This helps protect underlying pavement from sunlight, petroleum products, air and salts. Sealcoating also prevent “water” from turning “hairline cracks” into larger ones. The aggregate contained in the mixes boost traction and act as wear layer and fill small cracks giving your driveway a uniform and appealing black color.