Cracked asphalt is a huge eyesore, whether it’s on your driveway or in a parking lot.
Thankfully, there are many ways that you can work to prevent your asphalt from
cracking in the heat of the summer. Why does asphalt crack, and what can you do
Asphalt Driveway 101
Asphalt driveways are well-loved for their attractive smooth, sturdy surfaces. Well-
maintained asphalt driveways are a beautiful complement to any home. However,
neglected asphalt driveways are huge eyesores in many neighborhoods. Since
driveways are so large, cracking often occurs as the ground beneath the driveway
shifts and moves. Concrete driveways, on the other hand, have joints that can help
the driveway move along with the land.
Why Does Asphalt Crack?
Unfortunately, there is no 100%-guaranteed way to stop asphalt from cracking. The
best way to keep your asphalt driveway from cracking more or incurring additional
damage is by sealing the cracks regularly. The moment that you notice problems
with your asphalt driveway, you should take the time to seal it. If you have a new
asphalt driveway with a great deal of cracking, there could be a much bigger
problem. Sometimes, the asphalt itself was not properly installed. Other times, there
could be sub-grade problems leading to the cracking. Always give your driveway
installer a call if you are unhappy with the product immediately after the fact.
Fixing Asphalt Driveway Cracks
To keep your asphalt driveway in great condition:
- Tend to cracks as quickly as you can
- Crocodile cracking, or many small cracks in a surface, should get expert help
- Have your asphalt driveway sealed regularly
- Replace your asphalt driveway if it is over a few decades old and having
problems still. The problems will continue to reoccur for years unless you
commit to installing a completely new driveway. This installation process can
also include preparing the ground underneath for the new pavement to
prevent more issues.
Get Your Driveway Repaired by Testa Paving
Testa Paving is ready to help you repair, replace, or initially install pavement and
pavement cracks around your home. For over 35 years, we have provided northern
Virginia and Maryland with top-notch expertise and customer service. Interested in
learning how we can help with your patio project? Give us a call at (301) 663-5861
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