If you have an asphalt driveway in front of your Idaho business, it's important to know the ins and outs of crack filling and repair. The fact of the matter is, even with proper installation and regular maintenance, you'll eventually have cracks in your asphalt. These cracks will need to be filled professionally and quickly to prevent further damage.
Why Fill Cracks?
You may wonder whether it's necessary to fill the cracks in your asphalt. It's crucial to maintain your asphalt correctly, especially with crack filling. Water can leak into cracks, causing your entire asphalt base to weaken and eventually fail. When you fix cracks in your asphalt, you're lengthening its lifespan.
How Are Cracks Filled?
Asphalt crack filling can be accomplished in a few different ways, all dependent upon what kind of crack you're dealing with. Size and depth of cracks factors into what method your pavement repair company may choose.
Hot asphalt: For large cracks—with a width of 1" or more—your pavement specialist will likely choose a hot asphalt mix for repair. After cleaning the crack thoroughly, your repair specialist will fill it with a fine asphalt mix and compact it with a vibratory plate.
Hot rubber fill: Smaller cracks can be filled with hot rubberized fill material and then slurry sealed.
Cold pour fill: Cold pour fill tends to have better adherence to asphalt and is sometimes a preferred method to hot rubberized fill for smaller cracks.
Keep in mind that crack fill is never permanent. Although it will improve the look, durability, and longevity of your asphalt, crack fill is a continual process as your asphalt expands and breaks down naturally. If you're in need of asphalt maintenance of any kind, contact us today.