Over time, most asphalt pavement can be expected to deteriorate or crack due to a number of environmental factors. While it may be difficult to completely prevent, there are important measures that property managers and owners can take to prolong the quality, appearance and safety of their pavement.
Here in the state of Washington, the high of amount of rain we experience for much of the year is a common cause of pavement distress. When water penetrates the asphalt base, it can freeze, expand and cause serious damage to the pavement. Along with weather, the daily wear and tear of traffic and heavy wheel loads can speed up the deterioration process.
There are many types of pavement distress. As Washington’s leading pavement marking company, here are a few of the most common we handle:
Fatigue or Alligator Cracking
One of the most common types of pavement distress is fatigued cracking, also known as alligator cracking. Alligator cracks are appropriate named because it resembles the dry and scaly skin of the alligator. It is commonly caused by structure weakness, water damage or repeated heavy wheel loads.
Block cracking looks like what it sounds like: giant rectangular or square-shaped cracks in the pavement. It is typically caused by the failure of the asphalt binder to expand and contract with temperature cycles.
Longitudinal cracking in asphalt are parallel to traffic lanes. It is likely caused by poor joint construction or location, along with structural failure. Cold and dry weather conditions can often worsen the issue.
Crack Sealing and Crack Filling with Stripe Rite
While cracks are inevitable, failure to properly maintain your pavement can lead to accelerated cracking — creating safety hazards for your clients or customers. Crack sealing and crack filling is a cost effective way to reduce structural deterioration, minimize potholes, and prevent further pavement distress. It also improves the overall look and appearance of your pavement.
We recommend all property managers and owners to fully commit to regular pavement inspections and maintenance to fix minor cracks and problems before they turn into bigger and more expensive problems.
Summer provides the perfect opportunity for crack sealing and crack filling because there’s little chance of rain. The dry weather allows for a quicker drying process. If you’re interested to learn more about our crack sealing and crack filling services, don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices at Stripe Rite.
Our Washington crack sealing and filling experts are here to answer any questions you may have. We have four locations conveniently located in Sumner, Bremerton, Yakima and Kennewick to best serve your pavement marking needs.