Pavements are an essential part of any building or property. A neat, safe, proper, and well-maintained roadway leaves a good impression on visitors, while a badly maintained pavement leaves a bad impression and can also be dangerous. Usually, pavements are made of asphalt, which ensures its durability. Still, with time these pathways become cracked and dangerous.
The following are some of the reasons for pavement cracks-
Heavy loads – Heavy loads are one of the biggest reasons for asphalt splits and breaks. Heavy loads put pressure on the pavement, which causes breaks and splits to appear.
Water – Water is another reason for breaks and cracks in asphalt pathways around buildings. Water enters in these small or big tears and flows through the asphalt effectively breaking more of the concrete.
Harsh weather conditions – Harsh weather conditions and constant temperature changes also causes cracks to appear in the pavement. Rain, snow, sun and hail, can also cause damage to asphalt pathways, which can only get worst with time.
Other aspects – Aspects like; dirt, vegetation, debris, stone or sand also causes damage to asphalt pathways around buildings. Snow plowing is another reason for cracking and splits in asphalt pathways.
What are the dangers from cracks in asphalt pathways?
Whether it’s a small split or a large crack, it can expand effectively causing larger portions of pathways to break up over time. Small breaks can turn into bigger potholes. Not only it causes damage to pavements but it also becomes very dangerous. Anyone can trip over potholes or bigger asphalt splits, causing serious accidents to people.
How are these cracks sealed?
The sealing procedure is usually completed by the hot rubberized crack filler. First, professionals in this field inspect the cracks and splits in the asphalt. After proper inspection, they clean it with high-pressure blowers and weed eaters in order to get rid of debris, dirt, or vegetation etc. Once a thorough cleaning is performed, the rubber filler is inserted properly in the split which connects both sides of the split.
It effectively fills the whole break in pathways. A layer of sand is also applied over the rubber, to prevent tracking or peeling while filler is still cooling down. Sealing is done to prevent further damage by water or harsh weather conditions. Repair should be done as soon as possible, before the damage grows beyond repair.
What are the benefits of crack sealing?
It protects your pavement from getting more damaged. Sealing also provides long lasting yet quality results. It increases the age of your pathways. It saves your money on the costs of asphalt replacement, which is an expensive process.
In the end, it keeps your roadways safe and well-maintained, which leaves a good impression on visitors.