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How to Prevent Cracking in Your Asphalt Driveway: Environmental Factors to Consider

Asphalt driveways have become a very popular choice for homeowners because they are durable, versatile, and cost-effective.

However, like any other surface, asphalt driveways are subject to degradation over time due to environmental factors. That can lead to cracks and potholes forming in the driveway, which can be unsightly and costly to fix.

Master Markings will discuss some of the most common environmental factors damaging your asphalt driveway and tips on extending its lifespan in this blog post. Stay tuned!

Temperature Fluctuations:

Cracks are one of the most common environmental causes of asphalt driveway failure. As with other materials, a sudden change in temperature – such as during cold snaps – can lead to freezing water in the asphalt and cause cracks to form on your pavement surface.


To avoid damage to your asphalt driveway, it is important that you seal the surface. That will help to protect it from the elements and prevent water and moisture from seeping in and causing damage.

UV Rays:

Another environmental factor that can break down asphalt is exposure to UV rays. Over time, the sun’s UV rays can cause the asphalt to become brittle and dry out. That can lead to cracking and potholes.


To avoid asphalt damage that can lead to peeling and cracking, it’s important for homeowners or business owners to regularly sealcoat their pavement. Sealcoating creates a shield over the asphalt against UV rays.


Precipitation, such as rain and snow, can also cause damage to asphalt driveways. The impact of the water can cause cracks and potholes to form. When water seeps into cracks in the driveway, it can cause the cracks to widen and deepen.


One of the best ways to protect your asphalt driveway is by using a quality sealant that can prevent water from penetrating into the asphalt.

Tree Roots:

Another environmental factor that can cause damage to your driveway is tree roots. The roots can grow under the driveway and cause it to crack or lift.


To prevent tree roots from damaging your driveway, you can have them removed before they grow too deep. You might also want to install an absorbent barrier around the tree so it doesn’t affect what’s underneath!

Temperature Extremes:

Severe hot and cold temperatures can also damage asphalt driveways. The heat can cause the asphalt to soften and become more susceptible to damage, while the cold can cause it to crack.


You can help protect your driveway from extreme temperatures by seal coating it regularly. That will create a barrier between the asphalt and the elements.

While the environment is one of the main factors in driveway cracking, it’s not the only one. Here at Master Markings, we believe that prevention is key in asphalt driveways. That’s why we offer various services to help you keep your driveway in top condition.

Contact us today if you live in South Riding and are looking for ways to prevent environmental factors from damaging your asphalt driveway. 


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