What To Do When Your Asphalt Starts Cracking

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It can be frustrating when your asphalt pavement begins to crack, especially if it's in front of your business. Even with the best of maintenance and monitoring, asphalt can crack. The good news is that with Pavement Specialties of Idaho, you can rest assured that you'll have experts on the job immediately to remedy the situation. When asphalt begins to crack and show signs of wear, the best course of action is to remediate any damage immediately.

Why Does Asphalt Crack?

Sometimes you can't be sure why your asphalt is cracking, and many of the reasons that asphalt cracks are outside of human control. Asphalt can crack in a few different ways like edge cracking, block cracking, and alligator cracking. Some of the reasons that asphalt cracks include:

  • Aging asphalt: Asphalt oxidizes as it ages, leaving it less flexible and more vulnerable to cracking. New asphalt has all of the oils necessary to keep it supple and flexible, but old asphalt is much more prone to cracking.

  • Weakened base: If your subgrade is weak, your asphalt may show signs of alligator cracking, especially if subjected to too much weight.

  • Standing water or snow: If your asphalt doesn't have proper drainage, you could end up with water, snow, dirt, and mud buildup, causing damage on your roadway or parking lot. Water can even get under the surface of your asphalt in these cases and cause even worse damage.

  • Underlying settlement: Sometimes there is an unavoidable settlement of your underlying earth, causing your asphalt to wear unevenly.

  • Temperature: UV rays can cause asphalt to become brittle and more prone to cracking, while extreme cold can cause asphalt to shrink. Unavoidable temperature changes often result in cracking and wear on your asphalt.

If you're concerned about the state of your asphalt, contact us immediately.

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