Everyone has their arch-enemy. Batman and the Joker. The Lakers and the Celtics. Coke and Pepsi.
Even in the driveway crack sealer world, you’ll find a different kind of rivalry: Water vs. asphalt. We’d argue that water is perhaps the worst thing that can happen to asphalt. Consider this:
- When water gets into cracks in the asphalt, it can erode the foundation
- When water freezes and thaws it forms potholes
- When cracks in the asphalt get big enough, dirt can collect and allow weeds to grow
Fixing cracks with a hot rubberized driveway crack sealer before they can turn into potholes is one of the wisest things you can do for your property, saving you money by extending the life of your asphalt.
What is hot rubberized crack sealant?
Hot rubberized crack sealant is a flexible, commercial-grade product used to repair cracks in asphalt. It begins as a solid, rubbery block, but is melted into liquid and applied into a crack. This liquid then hardens and prevents moisture from penetrating the asphalt.
What causes cracks to form?
There are a few different reasons why cracks form in asphalt:
- A poor foundation
- Not putting down a thick enough layer of asphalt
- Putting down a layer that’s too thick
- Improperly blended asphalt
- Tree roots
- The freeze/thaw cycle
- Earth movement
- Heavy vehicles
As we said earlier, water will enter the asphalt’s foundation if cracks are left unchecked, leading to further damage. You can prevent this problem by repairing any cracks that form and committing to regular asphalt crack maintenance on your driveway.
How do I know when to repair?
Asphalt deterioration can become apparent rather quickly following a stretch of snowy or icy weather, as thawing and freezing can cause blacktop to crack or crumble. This is especially true on driveways that haven’t been properly sealcoated.
The best way to deal with cracks is to fill them in as they appear. Putting off this work will only cause more damage and could lead to you spending even more money to replace your asphalt.
Using hot rubberized driveway crack sealer
Fixing cracks in your asphalt with a hot rubberized driveway crack sealer will extend your pavement surface’s life expectancy by up to 50 percent, at a cost that’s much lower than what you’d pay for asphalt patching or reconstruction.
How it works
Like with many jobs, the most important part of applying a hot rubberized driveway crack sealer is the preparation. To get the longest lasting repair, the crack seal needs a clean, solid area to which to stick. Any debris or weeds in the crack will degrade the repair.
At Beckage Sealcoating, we use a driveway crack sealer from a hot rubberized crack sealant company called Crafco, which is heated to 350-400 degrees to ensure that the sealant will penetrate deep into the crack – and the walls of the crack – to ensure a superior bond.
We then use Black Beauty sand to coat the crack band to help the sealer resist being tacky. We will always note the linear footage of the worst cracks so that our customers know what they are getting for their money.
If you’d like to know more about our driveway crack sealer and other asphalt repair capabilities, contact Beckage Sealcoating. We’ve spent more than 20 years helping homeowners throughout New Jersey maintain their driveways, and we look forward to demonstrating what we can do for your home.