repair is one of the most critical stages in the asphalt restoration
process. Improper crack repair allows moisture to penetrate
the asphalt base, weakening
structural integrity of the asphalt, causing it to heave and create
more cracks due to freezing and
temperature changes. An
effective and long lasting sealcoat application is jeopardized when
crack repair is not done properly and
professionally. Simply put,
it's all in the preparation! We use proven techniques with the proper
product and equipment to ensure
that every crack is sealed
before sealcoating. In some, more severe cases, there may be areas that
need to be cut out and patched .
However, we have found that we
can avoid many "costlier"replacement situations by using supierior
products that perform much
better than other similar
products on the market.
Crack Repair Preparation and Products Used:
* Dust, debris and vegetation is
removed from the crack with a hot air lance or power brush to ensure
uniform adhesion of
the crack filler.
* The cracks are then filled
hot applied "CrackMaster Supreme", this is applied with a machine that
melts the filler and injects
it into the cracks. This
product is very effective because the filler expands and contracts with
the asphalt without breaking
the bond with the asphalt,
thus preventing damaging moisture from entering.
* In larger cracks, when
necessary, "Trowel Grade Crackfiller" is used, this product is thicker
and very effective in preventing
moisture from entering larger
* Smaller, shallow cracks can
usually be filled with cold applied "Acrylic Crack Filler". We only use
the highest grade filler
available that is also
expandable and moves with the asphalt during temperature changes (most
of the cheaper cold pour
products become rigid after
curing and lose the bond with the asphalt, allowing moisture to enter).
* As with common
cracks, dust debris and vegetation are removed using the same methods.
clean and free from moisture, contractor grade "GatorPave" is spread
evenly over the area.
only the best product available is used in our applications.
* Sand is
then sprinkled over the repaired area to ensure maximum adhesion to the
sealcoat applied after.
* Note: Alligator cracks are the result
of the base or sub-base inadequately supporting the surface layer
due to poor drainage or a
heavy spring thaw. We have found that as
long as the asphalt is still in place (the chunks are not loose and
easily removed by
hand), the superior product we use, allows
us to avoid the costlier approach of removing and replacing the
Velocity" Heat Lance Cleans and Dries Cracks Quickly.
MELTER APPLICATOR" APPLIES "SUPREME DIRECT - FIRE CRACK