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What To Do About Asphalt Cracks

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Last Updated on July 15, 2024

Asphalt is fundamental in constructing roads, driveways, and parking lots. The flexible material allows it to adapt to underlying surface irregularities, providing a smooth ride and reducing vehicle wear and tear. However, despite its strengths, asphalt is not immune to the ravages of time and the elements. If your asphalt has cracks, what should you do about them? Top Job Asphalt has the answers.

Causes of Asphalt Cracks

Asphalt cracks are a common sight on roads and driveways. Several factors contribute to this phenomenon, including the following:

  • Natural Aging: Asphalt loses essential oils and shrinks over time, resulting in cracks.
  • Temperature Change and Weather Conditions: Asphalt contracts in freezing temperatures and expands in the heat. This cycle of contraction and expansion can cause the material to crack.
  • Heavy Traffic: High pressure put on the asphalt can cause it to weaken and eventually crack.
  • Water Damage: Water can seep into the small asphalt cracks and cause damage to the underlying layers.
  • Poor Construction: If the base layers were improperly prepared or the asphalt improperly installed, cracks may appear sooner than expected. Moreover, a lack of regular maintenance can lead to the development of cracks.

Why Do You Need To Repair Asphalt Cracks?

Overlooking minor cracks in your asphalt surfaces can have serious consequences. Here’s why you need to repair asphalt cracks:

  • Extend Pavement Life: By addressing cracks early, you prevent them from expanding and causing more damage, saving on extensive repairs or replacements in the future.
  • Improve Safety: Cracks in asphalt can pose tripping hazards for pedestrians and create difficult driving conditions for vehicles. Repairing these cracks maintains a safe surface for both walking and driving.
  • Enhance Aesthetics: Cracks can mar the appearance of your property, making it look neglected and lowering its value. Repairing cracks improves the overall appearance of the asphalt, contributing positively to the curb appeal and value of your property.

How To Repair Asphalt Cracks

The only way to repair asphalt cracks is to seal them. When figuring out how to seal asphalt cracks, the process varies depending on the size of the crack.

For cracks that measure between ¼ inch to 2 inches in width, the ideal solution is to use a rubberized crack sealer. This material is specially designed to fill and seal such gaps effectively. For smaller cracks, a surface treatment process can partially but adequately seal the gap.

Step 1: Clean the Affected Area

Debris — such as dust, leaves, and small stones — can prevent the sealing material from adequately adhering to the asphalt, compromising the integrity of the repair. To ensure the filler material bonds effectively, thoroughly clean the crack. Use a broom or brush to sweep away loose debris. To blow out particles from the crack, use a leaf blower or an air compressor at low pressure.

Step 2: Remove Broken Pieces of Asphalt

Fragments can create an unstable base if left inside the crack, potentially leading to a weaker repair. Secondly, they can also hinder the sealing material from adhering properly, affecting the repair’s effectiveness. To remove these pieces, employ a combination of tools depending on the crack’s depth and severity.

Step 3: Fill the Crack With Sealers

Apply crack sealer using the products recommended application method. Ensure you spread the sealer evenly over the crack to avoid air pockets and ensure complete coverage.

Step 4: Allow Time for Drying

The drying time of crack sealers varies based on weather conditions and the type of material used. Generally, allow the sealer to dry for at least 24 hours before opening the repaired area to traffic.

Repair Asphalt Cracks With Top Job Asphalt

Asphalt cracks are a common issue, but they don’t need to be a cause for concern. By understanding the causes of asphalt cracks and the importance of timely repair, you can take proactive steps to preserve the integrity and longevity of your paved surfaces. With the right materials and techniques, you can effectively address asphalt cracks and enjoy smooth, durable pavement for years.

At Top Job Asphalt, we specialize in providing high-quality asphalt crack repair solutions tailored to your needs. Our skilled crews can apply hot-pour crack sealers, ensuring a durable and long-lasting seal that withstands the rigors of daily use and seasonal changes. For DIY customers with a few cracks to seal, we offer easy-to-use cold-pour crack sealers in convenient bottles.

Call Top Job Asphalt for Asphalt Crack Repair

Don’t let asphalt cracks compromise the safety and appearance of your paved surfaces. Whether you choose Top Job Asphalt’s professional-grade hot pour sealers or our DIY-friendly cold pour options, trust that we will deliver superior results that stand the test of time. Call us today at (435) 220-3817 for a free estimate!

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Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips
January 17, 2023.
Great company to work with. We contacted Top Job to repair a county road that we dug across for an irrigation line. They were very professional yet friendly. Our job was completed quickly. We recommend this company.
Sam Rowley
Sam Rowley
December 8, 2022.
I’m not sure how the service actually is, but some old guy in a Top Job Toyota was riding my butt today and flipped me off, or it was maybe an aggressive wave at the red light near the Logan library. Hope his day gets better. 12/8 at 230
Kim Rappleye
Kim Rappleye
December 7, 2022.
Very professional and personalized service. Highly recommended!
Mark Malmstrom
Mark Malmstrom
November 22, 2022.
They were easy to get a hold of and showed up when they were scheduled. Good communication and good work.
David Bunnell
David Bunnell
November 4, 2022.
I appreciated the pleasant attitude when talking w/the estimator as well as the scheduler. The work crew did a great job! I highly recommend Top Job Asphalt!
Steven Jacobsen
Steven Jacobsen
October 30, 2022.
Top job Asphalt did an amazing job on my project very professional, I would definitely use them again when I have the need.
Chris Salvesen
Chris Salvesen
October 28, 2022.
Did a great job on the 3" overlay for my very old and deteriorated half circle driveway. Looks brand new. All the transitions to concrete are near perfectly matched when I wasn't sure they could do it. It's almost weird now not feeling the bump driving out of the garage or over our bridge.
Matt Welch
Matt Welch
October 27, 2022.
Top Job paved our asphalt driveways and we couldn't be happier. The service, quality and price were the best I could find and I looked everywhere! Great job guys! I'll be calling back when I start my next project.
Todd Wardrop
Todd Wardrop
October 26, 2022.
I'm so impressed!!😀 Top Job has done such excellent work on my neighbor's driveway ... I'm so jealous. It's absolutely beautiful, and I can't believe how smooth it turned out. It's just perfect. What a great company!

What Our Customers Are Saying

Very impressed with the quality of their work and the organization of the company. The project estimator was spot on as to when the bid would be received and the work was professional  from start to finish. I appreciated the opportunity for a walkthrough inspection after the crack filling was completed as I had some very large cracks in the asphalt. I give this company a ten out of ten (which I really do) and highly recommend them.

Paul Pratt