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Why Maintain Your Asphalt?

Crack sealing is the most essential service we offer -- we stabilize the asphalt base with crack filling before addressing the surface's needs

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Crafco 200 Crack Sealant is a flexible rubberized compound that can handle extreme fluctuations in temperature without re-cracking.

While all crack sealants may experience some re-cracking on areas that receive extreme stress from the elements, Crafco 200 has proven to outlast every other crack sealant that we have used. Latex based crack fillers  have less resilience and will typically begin cracking after the first few freeze/thaw cycles. Latex crack sealing is basically a waste of time and money.

Crack sealing increases the life of your asphalt, preventing you from costly premature paving.

Cracking in pavement occurs when stress is built up in a surface layer that exceeds the strength of the pavement causing a fissure or crack to open. The main objective for crack sealing is to make the asphalt water tight. When water begins to get into the base of your asphalt you will often experience rapid deterioration. The additional moisture leads to erosion and pothole development and, worse yet, severe movement due to freezing and thawing in the winter. The freeze/thaw cycle and erosion will cause any cracking you already have to multiply exponentially unless the cracks are sealed before winter.

 

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Sealcoating protects the surface of your asphalt from the three biggest enemies of asphalt longevity: Water, the Sun's UV Rays, and vehicle oil

 

 

Good sealer, such as our industry leading Tarconite, will provide a barrier between the elements and your asphalt.

 

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In sum, if unsealed your asphalt is at the mercy of the elements which will methodically break down the binder. As your binder disintegrates so will the aggregate. The driveway will become brittle because there is less and less "glue" to hold it together. Good sealer properly applied will prevent this from happening and ensure that your driveway or parking lot has a protective barrier.

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Asphalt is essentially comprised of aggregate such as stone and a petroleum based binding agent that keeps the aggregate together. If unsealed, water causes the oils to leach out of the asphalt. If unsealed, the ultra violet rays of the sun cause the oils to oxidize, which basically means to dry out as the oil evaporates. If unsealed, petroleum spills like vehicle oil begin to break down the petroleum based binder.

 

 

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Sealcoating increases the beauty and value of your property

Sealcoating restores the deep black color of new pavement.

Our sealer, Tarconite, is especially black, providing a striking contrast for your landscaping. A good sealcoating job helps your landscape to "pop," and it communicates to all who see it that your property is well cared for.

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When should you sealcoat?

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A new asphalt driveway should be sealed between six months and a year after its completion. Any sooner than six months and there will be too many oils in the asphalt which will prevent the sealer from bonding properly.

After that, a driveway should be sealcoated every three to four years in order to maintain a good level of protection. Sealcoating wears away over time, and once it is gone there is nothing standing between your paved surface and the elements.

It is good to keep in mind, however, that it is possible to over-apply sealer to your asphalt. If sealer is not given a chance to wear down before another coat is applied it can build up and crack, leading to ugly "alligator" cracking.

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