/How to care for your new crack seal
How to care for your new crack seal 2020-09-10T14:03:13-07:00


Short-Term: Keep off the surface

Keep traffic off for 30-60 minutes.  If the temperature is above 90 degrees then go for a full 60 minutes.

Be aware:

  • The product will not fill the crack completely to be flush with the asphalt.

  • Small cracks (1/4 inch or less) will not be sealed.

30 mins.

Long Term: Making your crack seal last

Perform regular maintenance (sealcoat) to help slow asphalt shrinking.  Shrinking creates cracks.  Seal cracks every 2-4 years.

Cracks should be sealed when they reach 1/4 inch in width.

To prevent crack seal pulling up:

  • Avoid heavy equipment and construction activities.

  • Do not use heavy/aggressive metal equipment for snow removal – use rubber blades on snow plows that are properly adjusted.

Be Aware:

  • Loss of asphalt base from erosion and excessive water will cause cracks.

  • Control weeds, they speed up asphalt damage.

  • Protect asphalt by sealing concrete/asphalt joints wider than 1/4 of an inch.

crack sealing around manhole cover

Protect Your Asphalt

Sealcoat regularly (every 2-3 years), or reseal once most of the previous sealer has worn off.

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