Asphalt is made up of Rock, Sand, Tar and Bitumen and starts out as a dense (thick and heavy) dark liquid. It is designed to flex as the ground moved and yet remain solid enough for heavy cars and trucks to drive on it. The Rock and Sand give asphalt the strength required so it can be used for high traffic Zones and is the reason it can withstand heavy weight loads rolling on it for years. Tar and Bitumen on the other hand are the liquid components which give asphalt its flexibility. Over time the elements (sun, heat, u/v rays, cold, rain and snow) cause the asphalt to dry out and lose it’s flexible properties (the tar and bitumen). The sun basically cooks (dries out) the liquids out of the asphalt surface leaving a fragile gray surface that is bound to crack and deteriorate very quickly (expensive), unless it is protected on the go forward. You can observe the aging process that asphalt goes through in that it is has a very deep black color when it is first applied. Over time it turns grayish in color. This graying process is caused by “oxidization”. When an asphalt surface appears gray and shows sign of drying out then it’s time for the asphalt surface to be sealcoated with a commercial grade asphalt sealer product to rejuvenate and protect the asphalt surface from the elements.
STEPS WE TAKE BEFORE CRACK FILLING:
1 Clean The Surface First, We clean out asphalt cracks with a screwdriver or a machine designed to do the job. Any fuel or grease stains need to be cleaned off with a specially formulated degreaser. Finally, the entire surface needs to be cleared of debris, We use a large commercial a broom, and Commercial blower.
2 Repair Any Damaged Areas Any cracks or potholes need to be dealt with. Small and large asphalt cracks should be repaired before they become even larger cracks. Sooner or later the larger cracks turn into potholes and depressions resulting in extremely costly repairs, or in extreme cases – complete replacement ($$$). Hot Pour Rubberized Crack Filler: Made for repairing cracks larger than a half inch, this method requires planning and proper temperatures. This is done with a melter , and a crack applicator machine.
3 Sealcoat Your Asphalt Surface We sealcoat your asphalt surface every two years so that you prevent further decay and oxidization. Delaying the treatment of your asphalt surface will invariably end up costing you a lot more money down the road (thousands). This is never more important than after crack repair! Once the repairs have cured, driveway sealing is the final step to ensure the repair is sealed and protected.
4 Block Access We caution tape, and/or pylons, to protect your asphalt area while curing and drying is happening.
We recommend that you sealcoat your asphalt surface every two years so that you prevent further decay and oxidization. Delaying the treatment of your asphalt surface will invariably end up costing you a lot more money down the road (thousands). Once the asphalt surface starts to lose its flexibility it will begin to crack. Small and large asphalt cracks should be sealed before they become large cracks. Eventually the large cracks turn into pot holes and depressions resulting in extremely costly repair or in extreme cases — complete replacement ($$$). The present price of oil has dramatically impacted the price for asphalt on a per ton basis. The cost of asphalt paving or replacement is extremely high, which has really increased the demand for more asphalt sealcoating companies and in-house asphalt maintenance programs. Commercial property owners and driveway owners are starting to understand that it is much more economical to maintain their own asphalt by filling cracks and sealcoating the pavement.