If you notice small cracks on your commercial parking lot or residential driveway, you should realize that this issue is quite common. After all, cracks develop naturally as your pavement ages and becomes exposed to water and other outdoor elements.
The good news is you can protect your asphalt pavement with professional crack sealing from NYS Enterprises. This maintenance technique helps to seal up cracks before they have time to expand, thus helping to increase the lifespan of your asphalt. Keep reading for more information on crack sealing for your commercial and residential pavement.
What Causes Asphalt Cracks
There are a number of reasons cracks may develop on your asphalt driveway or parking lot, including:
Water is the number one cause of pavement damage. If water makes its way into your pavement, it can slowly but surely erode the foundation. When your foundation becomes weak, it may create an uneven surface with depressions that turn into major cracks and potholes in time. This erosion also allows rocks, sand, and other materials to wedge their way into your asphalt, creating further stress on existing cracks. Wet pavement can also pose serious hazards that lead to accidents and injuries.
What Happens When You Neglect Asphalt Cracks
At first glance, a small crack in your pavement might not seem like a big deal. The reality, however, is that if you ignore it, it will likely expand. Factors like vehicles, foot traffic, and exposure to various weather conditions can weaken the surface around the crack and leave you with a serious issue. If you let cracks remain (even if they’re small), you may face a variety of damages, such as:
Crack Seal is Your First Line of Defense
If you’d like to keep your property in optimal shape, we recommend you inspect your asphalt driveway or parking lot for cracks on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is every six months, but more frequent inspections may give you some additional peace of mind.
In the event you do notice cracks of any kind, we advice you to reach out to us right away for a crack sealing treatment. If even the smallest of cracks are left neglected, they can further expand, creating widespread cracking and deep-seated potholes. By filling up cracks with a crack seal when you first notice them, you can save yourself the stress and frustration of having to deal with expensive repairs down the road. Simply put, crack sealing is the cheapest, easiest way to protect the integrity of your asphalt and save money in the long run.
Rest assured, our highly skilled and experienced paving contractors at NYS Enterprises can handle all your crack sealing needs. You can count on us to thoroughly clean any cracks and apply a hot rubberized crack sealing material with a squeegee. This will protect the crack from moisture penetration and expansion.