Smooth It Out: How to Deal With Asphalt Cracks


Did you know that the largest deposit of asphalt in the world is in Pitch Lake in Trinidad? If you are currently dealing with asphalt cracks in your driveway and are looking for solutions on how to fix them, you are in the right place. We have put together this guide to share a few tips and tricks when dealing with cracked asphalt.

Keep reading to learn some asphalt crack repair tips.

1. Alligator Cracking

If you notice a lot of cracking that resembles alligator scales this is one of the most common ways that asphalt deteriorates after some time. If you ignore alligator cracking it will continue to get worst.

You can opt to do a short term fix where you apply crack filler or a sealcoating. This will stop any more debris and water from getting into the cracks and making them larger. A permanent repair would require digging below the surface of the asphalt in order to see what the underlying problem is.

Once you dig deep enough you can strengthen the base of the asphalt. Please keep in mind that if you do not have experience doing this you will have to contact the experts to make sure that the sub-base is installed properly and that the fresh asphalt surface is also laid out correctly.

You can learn more on asphalt driveway repairs here to get a better idea of what the pros do and how they can help make your life easier.

2. Edge Cracks

If there is an edge area with lots of heavy traffic it can cause cracking along the entire edge. Usually, this also happens because there is a lack of support at the edge of the pavement. If you do not take care of these edge cracks they will become longer and will expand in width as well.

If the cracks are minor you can use crack sealant to fill in smaller cracks at the first sign of damage. For larger edge cracks you can use a patching method or replacement method to get to the root cause of the edge cracks.

3. Upheaval

This type of crack is caused when soil underneath the surface expands. Usually, the expansion of the soil happens from increased moisture. This is more common in colder locations because if water under the surface freezes due to temperature drops it will cause expansion underneath.

This type of crack is best to fix by removing the affected area and applying a full asphalt patch.

Ready to Deal With Those Pesky Asphalt Cracks?

We hope that now that you have an idea of the most common types of asphalt cracks and how to deal with them, you can make an informed decision on how to take care of the cracks in your own asphalt.

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