When asphalt cracks start to appear in your parking lot, it's time to schedule a professional asphalt inspection. When asphalt cracks are not promptly repaired, water and other corrosive materials will start to settle into the cracks and cause expansion. The cracks will worsen as they spread and will ultimately lead to asphalt failure. If these cracks are treated promptly, the related costs of repair can be minimized. Don't wait until cracks become potholes! Typical asphalt crack repairs can be as simple as a basic asphalt resurfacing, overlay or hot-pour polymeric crack sealer.

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As opposed to mix and mill, which recycles the asphalt surface and the base layer,  asphalt overlay is the placement of hot mix asphalt over existing asphalt. This type of crack repair typically starts with an asphalt emulsion tack coat to ensure proper bonding of the old asphalt layer to the new one and then applying the new layer of asphalt on top of the old. As soon as the freshly laid hot asphalt mix is compacted and begins to cool, the curing process begins and the new pavement becomes firm.

 

Subsequent to asphalt resurfacing and curing, it is recommended that the new surface be sealcoated. Sealcoating limits the overlay’s exposure to the elements and protects the area from gas and oil drippings, sun, salt, and water penetration. Driveway Maintenance recommends sealing the area 9 to 12 months after the asphalt has cured and every 24-36 months thereafter.



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