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Cracked Asphalt Repair in New Jersey

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Has your driveway or parking lot transitioned from a freshly-paved asphalt masterpiece to a fading and cracking eyesore?

If this is happening to you, your driveway could be in the final stage of its life span! The reality is that now your parking lot can never be considered "perfect" because you can't un-crack the crack! However, you can do the next best thing which is to fill-in the cracks and keep an eye on them to prevent further damage to the sub-base.

Why are cracks so bad?

They are the "canary in the coal mine" of asphalt and they tell you that your asphalt has started to lose its elasticity and is in need of some protection.

 

Cracked Asphalt Repair in New Jersey, NJ Why do cracks develop?

Because oxidation from the sun and other destructive forces have been attacking the asphalt and the glue that holds the aggregate together. Once the cracks open, the asphalt is subject to more abuse from water and changing temperatures. The colder the climate the quicker the damage occurs. 

The best thing to do is get a professional asphalt/sealcoat company to apply high-grade crack-sealing compound (Our specification is Crafco Spec. ASTM D6690), and apply a fresh layer of sealcoat to help preserve the existing asphalt. The crack sealer contains a rubberized mixture that bonds to the asphalt to help provide a strong seal. We use a crack sealer that minimizes shrinkage and has high polymer content. There are many products in the market so be careful what you are purchasing or you may find yourself spending twice the money you budgeted. 

Once the crack sealer has been applied, monitor the health of your driveway every year, touch up cracks and consider re-applying the sealcoat every 2-3 years.