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Parking Lot Maintenance: Asphalt Crack Repair

It’s been a long day in the office. You walk out to your car, fumble through your purse or pockets to find your keys, and happen to glance down at the parking lot. You notice a rather large crack traveling underneath your car. Curious, you turn around and realize the crack sprawls out across the parking lot like a “spider web” of multi-sized fractures—fairly large in some areas, smaller in others, with no rhyme or reason as to their pattern. If you don’t own or manage the facility, the thought may pass quickly once you get in your car and drive home. If you do manage it, however, you may wonder why your parking lot is cracking and if it can be repaired.

Parking Lot Maintenance: Asphalt Crack Repair

As a company specializing in the diagnosis and repair of pavement deterioration, we receive calls from concerned owners and managers on a daily basis. Asphalt cracks are unsightly and uninviting, but that’s not the only reason they’re a problem: Cracks allow water to penetrate through your pavement and seep into the underlying base layers where they can create voids that turn into potholes. Eventually, this damage will destroy your asphalt’s foundation.

The good news is that you can prevent this minor repair problem from becoming a major one through the process of asphalt crack filling. Crack fill is a polymer-based material with high elasticity designed to expand and contract with the thermal movements of cracks. It’s applied at an extremely high temperature, which causes the edges of the asphalt in the crack to melt and form a much stronger bond with the sealer upon cooling. Because of this, we recommend filling cracks ¼ inch or greater since smaller cracks will not hold the material and may pull up with traffic.

Crack filling can be performed as a stand-alone asphalt repair service. However, many clients prefer a seal coat at the same time to help with the overall aesthetic look. Seal coat creates a uniform black surface and also adds to the strength of the crack fill material, which guards against tracking.

If you are concerned about the cracks in your asphalt pavement, one of our professional estimators can assess your condition and provide you with the right recommendation. We’re here to help!

Did you know that Ace Asphalt serves Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Dallas? Click here to learn about our asphalt crack repair services.

ACE Asphalt is a full service asphalt maintenance, repair, and paving company with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas,Texas. Ace serves the parking lot repair, maintenance, and paving needs of property managers, building owners, and contractors.

(3) responses to "Parking Lot Maintenance: Asphalt Crack Repair"
Dave Thompson says: 09-Mar-2015 02:52 PM
The other day I found cracks in my asphalt parking lot. I thought I would have to replace that entire section of the parking lot. Thanks to your post I now know I can have the cracks filled in, and the cracks repaired. I am going to look into getting this done as soon as possible. Thanks again for the awesome information.
Ronald Swanson says: 12-Mar-2015 08:48 AM
My family owns a small business, and there have been more and more cracks forming in the asphalt in front of our store. I've been trying to convince my dad that he needs to get them fixed, but he isn't convinced that it is a problem. I'll have to show him this article, and tell him that these cracks are eventually going to lead to huge potholes like you said. I really hope that he will eventually cave, and let me hire somebody to fill in the spider web of cracks all over the asphalt.
Grant Harper says: 21-May-2015 12:23 PM
I am working on getting my business fixed up so that it looks nicer. Right now, one of the biggest problems is the parking lot, because it has multiple cracks in it that are really big. I would really like to get these taken care of because, as you say, they are "unsightly and uninviting." I also think that they make our business look a bit unprofessional, so it would be great to get them repaired easily like how you show here. Thanks for sharing more about asphalt crack filling!
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