asphalt cracks

There is nothing worse than seeing asphalt cracks on your worksite or property. Here’s how to prevent them from happening in the first place.

There are millions of miles of paved roads across the United States. If you have your own paved driveway or parking lot, you know how frustrating it can be to see asphalt cracks forming.

Although there’s not much you can do once a crack has formed other than crack sealing or resurfacing, there are some ways to prevent cracks in the first place. This will preserve the look of your asphalt and its integrity.

Continue below to learn more about the four biggest problems that cause asphalt cracking and what you can do about them.

Moisture

The biggest threat to asphalt by far is moisture. It gets into the base of the asphalt and weakens it by washing away the sand and dirt that are beneath the paved surface. This causes cracks that form from the bottom of the asphalt.

Moisture also causes cracks during freezing and thawing cycles. Water gets into cracks and then freezes. Since water expands when it freezes, it will make the crack larger. Although this isn’t a major concern in Texas, it can still happen.

To prevent moisture damage, proper installation is key. If you’re not planning on redoing your asphalt in the near future, then you’ll want to carefully maintain it by sealing cracks and chips as soon as they form. This will help keep moisture out.

Pressure

As vehicles put pressure on asphalt, this can cause cracking, especially when the base has been weakened by moisture or another factor. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent this type of cracking.

Avoid allowing heavy vehicles to drive over your asphalt as much as possible. You also should move vehicles around as much as possible. Sometimes, pressure cracking can be caused when you allow a vehicle to sit in the same place for a long time.

Heat

This is a common problem in Texas. The heat of the sun can pull all of the moisture out of the asphalt itself, making it brittle. This increases the chances of it cracking under normal use.

Once again, the best way to prevent this problem is to have asphalt paving properly installed. The main focus should be on ensuring you’re getting a high-quality asphalt mixture that can stand up to the hot Texas sun.

Age

No matter how well you care for your asphalt driveway or parking lot, it will break down over time and you’ll see an increase in the number of cracks after it’s been in place for 20 or 25 years.

Proper maintenance and fixing small problems as they pop up are the two keys to helping your asphalt surface last for as long as possible. However, at a certain point, you’ll need to go ahead and replace it.

Learn How Asphalt Cracks Are Repaired

Now you know how asphalt cracks form so you can take the necessary steps to prevent them in the first place. Avoiding cracks will help lengthen the lifespan of your paved surface which can help you save money on replacing your driveways, roads or parking lots.

If you have cracks starting to form, the best thing you can do is have them sealed as soon as possible. Learn more about how we seal asphalt cracks, then give us a call so we can take care of your asphalt surface quickly.

Looking for an experienced asphalt paving contractor in West Texas? At Daley’s Superior Asphalt Manufacturing, Inc. our team of asphalt and paving specialists have over 30 years of experience in the asphalt and paving industry.

High quality asphalt paving in Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, and nearby West Texas locations.

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