Asphalt Cracks Repair in Vancouver BC. One of the most common ways that asphalt pavement can deteriorate over time is called ‘alligator’ or ‘crocodile’ cracking. The name comes from the resemblance of a reptile’s back. Unfortunately, it’s a serious problem for asphalt surfaces as it signals eroding damages underneath.
At Richmond Blacktop, we provide plenty of solutions for asphalt surfaces in the Greater Vancouver BC area. Our professionals have over 40 years of experience installing, repairing, and resurfacing all kinds of asphalt jobs.
Causes Of ‘Alligator’ Asphalt Cracks
Unlike surface-level asphalt damage, ‘alligator’ asphalt cracks are commonly caused by issues underneath the surface. This can be due to the freezing and unfreeze of water within the asphalt cracks, heavy pressure from above, or other chemicals leaked in. Some others are
- Inadequate thickness
– makes it susceptible to heavy vehicles breaking the protective surface layer
- Excessive base moisture
– water remaining on the surface level for long periods of time will eventually soak into the materials.
- Base stripping
– occurs when the base material does not properly adhere to the asphalt.
Mistakes Can Be Costly, Do Your Research
Installing asphalt without the proper sub-base will increase your chances of the ‘alligator’ asphalt cracks. To avoid costly re-construction, make sure you receive a proper consultation with an experienced asphalt-paving contractor in the Greater Vancouver BC area.
Passenger cars driveways require different materials than if you were to park other heavy vehicles such as a trailer or ATV. A well-experienced professional will be able to diagnose your property needs and provide you with recommendations on the materials or design that suits your needs. Consultations with our experts are free of charge.
Either way, once alligator asphalt cracks begin, it will not stop without proper asphalt repair.
Repairing ‘Alligator’ Asphalt Cracks
Generally, the best way to temporarily fix your asphalt is by seal coating it. The sooner you do it, the more damage you can prevent. If possible, avoid less heavy pressure in that area from vehicles and other objects.
An asphalt paved area should also be built with good drainage in mind – this is to ensure that the surface is clear as much as possible.
If this doesn’t solve the issue and you see the cracks coming again, removing and replacing the asphalt may be the only long-term solution for you.
Our Process of Repairing ‘Alligator’ Asphalt Cracks
Projects vary depending on the customer’s situation. Here are the important parts covered for most jobs.
Our experts diagnose the root issues of the asphalt cracks and see what caused them. Later, we provide you with your best possible options based on your preferences.
‘Alligator’ asphalt cracking are due to the deterioration of the asphalt sub-base. Our experts evaluate the sub-base previously used and then determine what is required for optimal performance.
Remove Damaged Areas
If required, our asphalt paving crew can remove the damaged section of asphalt and replace it with a properly installed sub-base and new asphalt surface.
Repair the Entire Surface
For deeply damaged asphalt situations, replacing the entire asphalt surface is often the most cost-effective method. Trying to repair major internal issues with a temporary fix will only be a waste of time and effort. A new asphalt installation typically lasts for over 20 years. This is why you won’t have to worry about it for a long time.
Richmond Blacktop offers professional paving services all around the Greater Vancouver BC area. Whether your asphalt surface is experiencing these alligator issues, or if you are looking to redesign your property, give us a call today for a free consultation.
“See you (20 years) later alligator”.