Asphalt is a durable material that’s frequently used for driveways, parking lots, and roads. However, if asphalt paving isn’t installed properly, it can develop cracks prematurely and cause the entire structure to deteriorate. Here are a few common types of asphalt cracks.
1. Block Cracks
These are rectangular or square-shaped cracks in asphalt paving. They generally develop if the aggregate was too dry when it was first applied.
Freezing temperatures can also lead to this problem because of the shrinkage in the asphalt. A thin layer of asphalt sealing can usually repair block cracks.
2. Edge Cracks
Edge cracks appear at the perimeter of a parking lot or road. They typically result from poor drainage, weak asphalt, or strong frost heaves. It’s possible to reduce this issue by clearing debris at the edge of the asphalt paving and improving drainage.
3. Alligator Cracks
Alligator cracks resemble the dry skin of alligators and can develop from harsh weather conditions, poor draining, or bad quality foundation materials. They typically cover a large area and can be repaired with a full patch-up.
4. Transverse Cracks
These vertical cracks typically develop on busy roads or high-traffic parking lots. Freezing temperatures are the main culprit, as they cause the aggregate to shrink. Contractors generally pour joint sealing material into the cracks to repair them.
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