Five Types of Cracks that Can Occur in Asphalt

Five Types of Cracks that Can Occur in Asphalt

Five Types of Cracks that Can Occur in Asphalt

Have you noticed that your walkways, roads, or parking lots have been cracking lately?  Are you concerned about the state of your asphalt surfaces?  When you notice cracking in your asphalt, you will want to deal with this quickly to mitigate further damage.  As a company that specializes in asphalt repairs in Orlando, we can restore the state of your asphalt.  Asphalt is susceptible to cracking when it is exposed to extreme weather or under heavy pressure.  There are a few types of asphalt cracks that commonly occur in Florida.

Block Cracks

Block cracks appear as squares or circles of cracks in your asphalt.  This occurs from installation errors.  Whenever old mix is still in the pavement machine, it can cause mix to be too dry, and this can cause block cracking that isn't indicative of this issue for a few years.  Because these cracks do not penetrate through the sublayers of your asphalt, they can be easily repaired or prevented with a layer of sealcoating.

Edge Cracks

Like the name suggests, edge cracks appear along the outside edges of the surface, and they are usually long.  These cracks often run parallel to the road and are caused by a number of things.  Poor drainage, overgrown shrubs on the side of the road, or poor soil under the asphalt can cause these cracks to appear.  You can have them filled with seal or emulsion in order to repair the eyesore, but you will want to remove the underlying cause to prevent them from reappearing.

Fatigue Cracks

Fatigue cracks appear as many small cracks that actually look like an alligator, which gives them their nickname of alligator cracks.  These, too, are caused by faulty installation or poor drainage on the roads.  If you live in an area with a wide variety of temperatures, it can also cause this type of cracking to appear on your asphalt surfaces.  Sealcoating will protect your surface from fatigue cracks.  

Reflection Cracks

Reflection cracks are actually given their name because they mirror cracks that are occurring in the sublayer of your asphalt.  These are typically straight and sometimes grid-like.  By filling these cracks and repairing the damage to the sublayer, you can prevent moisture from making this issue worse. Any moisture control will minimize the risk of reflection cracking.

Slippage Cracks

Slippage cracks appear as wrinkles and deep gaps in the asphalt, and they look almost like the asphalt is slipping off itself.   These are caused when the layers of asphalt are not properly adhering to one another, thereby making each layer weak without the support of one another.  You can have these cracks patched so they don't get worse over time.

These are five of the most common types of asphalt cracks that may affect your roads or parking lots.  When you notice any of these cracks, you'll want to call us for asphalt repairs in Orlando.  We will come out, assess the damage, and fix it quickly to prevent any additional damage.  Contact us to hear about our asphalt paving and repair services today.