8 Types of Asphalt Cracks – And What to Do about Them (Part 2)

by | Apr 18, 2018

Continued from part 1, available HERE!

5. Block Cracks
Block cracks develop in a large rectangular pattern across the pavement’s surface, regardless of the level of use on the road or lot. They indicate the pavement, particularly the binder material, is getting old and has been worn down by long-term temperature cycling.

Block cracks are usually filled in and sealed with a hot pour crack filler material to prevent water penetration and to control the damage for as long as possible.

6. Reflective Cracks
When the material underneath the top wear layer of asphalt has cracks, joints, or seams, it generally causes movement that translates upwards into the wear layer—which in turn develops reflective cracks in the same pattern.

Reflective cracks are managed with crack-seal to block out moisture and prevent the cracks from growing. Severe cases may require the section to be removed, the underlying layer repaired, and the wear layer replaced with an overlay.

7. Fatigue Cracking
Alligator cracking is one of the worst kinds of cracking and involves widening series of cracks that spread out, interconnecting like alligator skin or spider webs. Alligator cracking generally means the pavement is deteriorating due to heavy use, though the problem is worse in cases where the pavement is too thin, heavily weathered, or wasn’t constructed properly.

Fatigue cracking can turn into potholes overnight and should be handled quickly and completely to keep moisture out and protect the surface. If the cracking is only in one section, it can either be replaced or the pavement removed and the subgrade is improved and repaired. Then the removed section is patched over. If the cracking area is large, it means the entire surface is failing and should be corrected with a strong overlay installed over the entire lot.

If you’re experiencing problems with your West Michigan asphalt, or you need a new lot or driveway paved, contact the team here at Stripe a Lot. We’re a one-stop blacktop shop in Holland, Michigan with the best equipment, experience, and reputation around. No job is too big or too small, and we’d be happy to give you a quote or discuss your options.

Call today at 616-772-2559, and let us put our expertise to work for you!

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Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing.

Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

Asphalt that looks great and lasts longer.

Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing. Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

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Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing. Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

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