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What Does It Mean When Your Asphalt Driveway Gets Covered In Patches Of Tiny Cracks?

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Patches of tiny cracks on a driveway are often called "alligator cracks" because they cause the driveway to take on a textured, pebbled appearance, similar to that of alligator skin. Understanding what causes alligator cracks and what you can do about this problem can help you take care of your driveway and keep it performing at its best for years to come.

What does it mean when your driveway gets covered in patches of tiny cracks?

Alligator cracks often form because of problems in the layers of substrate beneath the driveway. Frequently, the cause of alligator cracking is water penetration from the surface of the driveway. This might start with a crack in the asphalt. Water is absorbed through the crack, then pools in the aggregate below. In winter, this water freezes and expands, then melts and contracts, causing movement of the layers beneath the asphalt. Then, when heavy vehicles are driven on the asphalt, the asphalt buckles under the weight of those vehicles, causing alligator cracks. Alligator cracking can also occur because the asphalt is too thin or the asphalt mix is poor and therefore structurally weak.

What can you do if your driveway develops patches of cracks?`

If your driveway develops patches of alligator cracks on its surface, you can either call for driveway repair or attempt to repair the alligator cracks yourself. While you won't be able to get rid of the cracks, you can try to seal the cracks, which will prevent them from absorbing water. To do this, start by covering the cracks with crack filler (available for purchase at home improvement centers). Follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the crack filler.

When the crack filler has dried, apply a seal coat over the filler, and wait for the seal coat to cure. Doing this should prevent the alligator cracking from absorbing more water, but you should still try to avoid driving over the weakened area to prevent more cracks from forming.

What if your driveway is covered in alligator cracks?

If your driveway is covered in alligator cracks, crack filler and a seal coat will be ineffective. The only way to properly address this problem is to break up the driveway and resurface it. To do this, you'll need to contact a driveway repaving company. Your repaving company should be able to identify the cause of the alligator cracking and install a more structurally sound driveway.

For more information, contact a reputable driveway repaving company in your area. Your driveway repaving company can talk to you about what caused the problem with your driveway and how you can fix it. To learn more, speak with a business like Branche Industries.

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7 February 2016