Charlotte Asphalt Crack Filling/Sealing
Cracks are generally the first sign of weakness or breaking down of your pavement. Asphalt needs to be checked for cracks every year to catch any problems right away.
To get the longest lifespan out of your pavement and save the most money, crack filling is something you need to know about.
Why You Never Want Cracks in your Pavement
While a crack may seem insignificant to begin with, every problem with asphalt pavement strength and integrity starts out with these small cracks that then grow into bigger issues. All asphalt will eventually crack, especially in colder areas. Asphalt is porous which allows moisture to seep in. Once that water expands when frozen it causes the pavement to split and part.
In warmer areas, heat will dry out your pavement and that combined with heavy wear and tear can lead to the formation of many cracks throughout. Once a crack has formed, it will only grow larger as more moisture gets in or is sucked out and further weakens the area around the crack. Cracks generally extend far below the surface where you can’t see them, so it could be far worse than you can initially see.
Regular Charlotte Pavement Maintenance
A scheduled maintenance program for your pavement, which may include sealcoating and crack filling, will more than double the life cycle of your asphalt pavement and provide maximum curb appeal. Sealcoating and crack filling is a fraction of the cost of repairing or replacing asphalt pavement.
The key to effective crack filling and sealing is to repair and fill the cracks while they are small, as crack filling inhibits crack growth and keeps new cracks from forming. The smallest details matter and the great crew over here at SMI Paving works hard to cover each and every little detail we can.