The most important reason to maintain and repair cracks is to prevent moisture from penetrating under the asphalt surface causing damage to your driveway. Water is the most destructive element of pavement, and crackfilling is the number one way to prevent water intrusion into asphalt surfaces. Effective crackfilling keeps water from entering and weakening the base or sub-base of the pavement. It helps preserve the asphalt adjacent to the cracks; prevents sand, stone, and dirt from making its way into open cracks causing compressive stresses; and extends pavement life by minimizing crack growth.
Cracks can also allow vegetation growth throughout the pavement. As the roots get bigger, the plant root may push the pavement up and create more damage.
Proper attention to cracks prevents problems from spreading and doubles the life of the pavement. Pavement repair in early stages of deterioration pay big dividends later delaying costly resurfacing.
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C & R asphalt proudly uses Neyra and Craftco commercial grade crackfill. (Add company logos at bottom of page after this line and link to the companies’ webpages).