Asphalt Sealing and Crack Repairs

Sealing is a process where a liquid asphalt coating is used to seal an asphalt surface. The sealer acts as a protective barrier keeping destructive elements out. This protects the asphalt binder from deteriorating and preventing water from penetrating the surface which causes cracking. Seal coating your asphalt after installation and regularly thereafter will more than triple the life of your pavement. Pavement is a costly investment. Just as you would seal leaks in the roof of your building you should seal cracks in your pavement. Water infiltration through cracks causes deterioation of the pavement and substructure. Untreated cracks propagate and multiply. The result is expensive repairs and reconstruction.

Hot Asphalt Ramps

Asphalt sinking around foundations is quite common, however, its important to address this problem as sinking asphalt can lead to greater problems down the road. When asphalt sinks it allows an area for water to penetrate between the asphalt and the foundation of your home. If water finds its way underneath your driveway it loosens and dissipates the stone base causing the asphalt to sink and heave even further. In the cold, water that has  gotten underneath the driveway will freeze and the asphalt will eventually start to crack and break. Water that has gotten underneath your concrete garage floor will also cause the concrete to crack leading to costly repairs.  Having an asphalt ramp installed will ensure rain and other water flows away from the foundation of your home.   

Asphalt Repairs

Asphalt too cracked and broken is beyond crack repair and should be removed and replaced with new asphalt. We can either use a cold mix asphalt (bagged asphalt) or hot asphalt. Cold mix or bagged asphalt is more commonly used for small repairs (pot holes, wide cracks etc.) whereas hot asphalt is recommended for larger applications (6'x 6' patches etc.) Cold mix asphalt is less costly but also requires a longer curing time before its been fully hardened. Hot asphalt is more costly but is far more durable and requires a shorter curing time.