Why Does Asphalt Crack?

An asphalt driveway that may need repairs.

There are many reasons that your driveway’s asphalt can crack throughout the year.

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

about it?


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

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