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6 Crack Filling Blunders You Need to Avoid at All Costs!

Has your asphalt driveway been looking a little worse for wear lately? Are there more and more cracks appearing every time you park your car on it? If so, it might be time to call the professionals to do some crack filling. However, before doing that, make sure you avoid making these common crack-filling mistakes! Otherwise, you could wind up with an even bigger mess on your hands. So, without further ado, let’s look at Master Markings’ compilation of the most common crack-filling blunders people make and how to avoid them!

Crack Filling Blunders

1. Not Preparing the Surface Properly

One of the most typical mistakes people make when it comes to crack filling is not preparing the surface enough before they start. The surface should be cleaned of dirt, debris, or vegetation so the filler can adhere properly. If you don’t do this, the filler could come loose, which would defeat the purpose of doing the repair in the first place!

2. Applying The Filler Incorrectly

Another mistake people make is not applying the filler correctly. This material needs to be applied evenly across the crack for it to be effective. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with a patchy repair job that won’t last very long. So, take your time and make sure the filler is applied correctly!

3. Not Using Enough Filler

It’s also important to use enough filler when repairing cracks in your asphalt. If you don’t, the crack will simply reopen over time, and you’ll have to start the whole process again. So, be generous with the filler and pack it into the crack nice and tight.

4. Not Letting the Filler Dry Completely

Another mistake people make is not letting the filler dry completely before walking or driving on it. This material needs time to set properly, so give it at least 24 hours before putting any weight on it. Otherwise, you could cause the repair to fail prematurely.

5. Failing To Seal the Crack

Once the crack has been filled and allowed to dry, it’s important to seal it. This will help protect it from moisture, which can cause even more damage. Use a good quality sealant for asphalt cracks and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

6. Not Maintaining Your Asphalt Surface

Last but not least, one of the best ways to avoid repairs in the first place is to take care of your asphalt surface. Have it regularly sealed (every 2 – 3 years), and don’t let spills or other chemicals sit on it for too long. These things can all contribute to the deterioration of your asphalt and lead to cracks developing over time.

By following these tips, you can avoid common mistakes when filling cracks in your asphalt. If you do need repairs done, be sure to hire a professional who has the experience and will do the job right. A little bit of prevention and care now can save you a lot of money down the road.

Master Markings Can Help You!

Master Markings serving Alexandria specializes in asphalt paving, sealcoating, line striping, crack filling, and all other types of pavement maintenance. We have years of experience in the industry, and our team is dedicated to providing quality workmanship at an affordable price. Contact us today to get a free estimate!


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