Asphalt Driveway Cracks: Why They Should Be Repaired Fast

Have you noticed that the cracks in your asphalt driveway are getting wider? If you don't invest in prompt repairs, it is likely that the cracks will worsen and lead to you needing a new driveway altogether. Find out below why cracks appear in an asphalt driveway, as well as what can be done to resolve the problem.

Why Does an Asphalt Driveway Become Cracked?

If the weather has been cold and rainy, it is likely that your asphalt driveway is cracked because of it. When rain seeps under the surface of the driveway, it can freeze when the weather is cold enough. The ice will then begin melting when the sun is out. The water creates enough pressure to cause the asphalt to stretch, which is how the cracks develop. 

When you park your vehicle on a cracked asphalt driveway, it can lead to the damage becoming more severe. You don't want to leave cracks in the asphalt because besides water, debris can start seeping inside of them. You can end up driving your tires over a sharp object that is stuck in the cracked pavement. The best solution to the problem would be hiring a contractor to make repairs before you have to spend money on a new driveway.

What Can a Contractor Do About Cracked Asphalt?

The first thing that the contractor will do is remove all of the debris out of the cracks. He or she may then proceed to pouring gravel inside of the cracks, but sand may be used with it for more firmness. By the contractor pouring gravel and sand in the cracks, they will not likely get any larger.

The contractor will then cover in the gravel and sand with a sealant. The sealant will be rubber-based and of a commercial grade for a better quality of repair. The reason a rubber-based sealant is used is due to it being water-resistant. When the weather becomes rainy and cold again, you want have to worry about water seeping through the rubber.

Repairing an asphalt driveway can cost an average of over $1,500, but can also be as low as $250. The overall price will depend on the size of the cracks that are being repaired, as well as if gravel, sand and a sealant is used for the task. Speak to an asphalt pavement contractor like one from Armour Pavement Inc to find out when he or she can get your driveway repaired!