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Crackfilling is one of the most important maintenance procedures for your driveway. Each year many cracks in asphalt pavements are left untreated. This allows moisture to creep under the asphalt, and pavement deterioration begins. When moisture enters a pavement crack, it slowly works its way down to erode the base. Because the base is damaged, the asphalt around the crack begins to sink and crumble, causing more cracks to form. This process is accelerated by the freeze/thaw cycles of our Midwest winters, and this is how the roadways develop those potholes we are all familiar with.

Crackfilling is a routine maintenance procedure. For large cracks ( greater than ¼" wide) we can use a hot rubberized crack filler which remains flexible. For driveways of less than 5,000 square feet, the standard charge to do the hot-pour crackfilling is $200.00, regardless of how many cracks are filled. Hot pour crackfilling is done by a separate crew, on a separate day, scheduled before the sealcoating of your driveway.

Smaller cracks cannot be filled with hot crackfiller. Normally, we can use a cold pour crack filler which does a very good job filling smaller cracks. Unfortunately, crackfilling is always a band-aid fix for your driveway. Once it is cracked, it will always be cracked.

Hot pour crackfilling will last longer than cold pour crackfilling, but the procedure leaves about 2" wide flat trails of the crackfiller on the driveway, which will be blended in somewhat when the whole driveway is sealed. The cold pour crackfiller is not as obvious to the casual observer, but it also is not made to last more that 6-12 months in most cases. Hot pour crackfiller lasts longer because it actually penetrates the crack and binds to its edges. Hot pour crackfilling is recommended for the space between the asphalt and a sidewalk or garage, because it seals the crack and prevents moisture from doing further damage. Please let us know which type of crackfilling you would like. We will always call ahead to schedule any work we do for you.