Crack filling in benton harbor Michigan parking lot

Crack Sealing

Crack sealing is the first level of protection against deterioration of asphalt. Done correctly crack sealing will prevent water from seeping into the foundation of the pavement. Effectively keeping the crack from widening further during extremely cold weather. Hot and cold makes asphalt expand and contract. Hot pour rubber is specifically designed to flex with the asphalt during usage and climate changes. The edges of the cracks will also be protected from unnecessary wear from water, stones, dirt, and sand when they are filled and sealed.

Elite recommends having any crack 1/8th inch or bigger sealed to prevent further damage to your asphalt. The small investment stopping cracks early will stop lots of damage and hazards. This will save you money proper maintenance is key.

Types of Cracks

Cracks are divided into several categories. Three of the most common are Reflective, Block, and Edge. Reflective cracks normally appear when an asphalt driveway or parking lot is resurfaced. Cracks that are not taken care of and are part of the underlying asphalt that is being resurfaced will show through the new asphalt and eventually cause cracks to form in the new surface.

Block cracks form a criss-cross pattern, which results in a square design. This generally occurs on parking lots that see very little traffic. Lots or driveways with normal traffic the tires of the vehicles constantly reshape the somewhat pliable surface of the asphalt. This keeps it flexible which results in less cracking. Edge cracking runs parallel to the edge of the asphalt surface. The usual suspects that cause edge cracking are poor foundation or base, weak shoulder support, freezing and insufficient water drainage.

We perform a full inspection on all cracking and problematic areas to ensure cracks getting longer and wider; turning into gaps.

Hot Pour Rubber

We use commercial grade rubberized asphalt crack sealer designed to fill cracks and seal out water and ice. Fully cures when it cools down to outdoor temperature. This takes roughly 1 to 2 hours. Hot rubber crack filler lasts and looks beautiful for 3 to 4 years. Non-Flammable below 400 degrees F.