Pavement Crack Sealing & Repair Services

    While the terms crack filling and crack sealing are often used interchangeably, there are differences between these methods of pavement crack repair. Understanding these differences will help you make the most cost-effective choice and long-lasting solution for pavement crack repair treatment of your asphalt surfaces. Exit 7 Sealcoating offers a variety of residential and commercial pavement crack repair services including crack filling, crack sealing and poly patch. Our professional team serves New Jersey and Pennsylvania, call 609-424-3609 to discuss your needs today.

    Pavement Crack Repair: Crack Sealing

    Crack sealing is a method in which hot sealant is applied to working cracks in order to prevent water intrusion and further damage. Working cracks are both horizontal and vertical cracks that are greater than 0.1 inches; an example would be a transverse crack, which are usually the first to appear. Our crack sealant is rubberized and has the ability to seal the crack and stop water and debris from entering, while staying flexible with the pavement’s movement. This method is beneficial for active cracks that continue to extend in size and severity, the sealant protects the longevity of your pavement.

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    Pavement Crack Repair: Crack Filling

    Crack filling is the placement of asphalt emulsion into non-working cracks in order to reduce water infiltration and reinforce the adjacent pavement. Non-working cracks are horizontal or vertical cracks that are less than 0.1 inches; examples include longitudinal, diagonal or alligator cracks. In contract to crack sealing, filling treats pavement that doesn’t show signs of significant movement.

    Unless you are in industry professional, it is hard to decide whether to fill or seal a crack. Our experienced team will carefully evaluate the type of crack, expected movement of the pavement and whether it is working or non-working.

    Filling Large Cracks in Asphalt & Concrete

    Cracks in concrete larger than ¼ inch are considered large and need to be repaired much differently than smaller ones (¼ inch or smaller). Wide, large cracks in concrete, pavement or asphalt must be patched and sealed with a patching compound. We use quality patching compounds from the best brands in the industry to ensure durable, long-last repairs. The texture is very similar to grout, which will be smoothed and textured to blend in with the surrounding area. However, the color of the concrete patch will not match the old concrete. In order to hide the patch, the surface must be painted with concrete paint.

    Crack Sealing vs. Crack Filling

    Sealing and filling cracks in your existing pavement is the most effective way to extend its life. Both options provide their own set of benefits including water prevention and pavement longevity, but the severity of the crack must be considered when weighing your options.

    Crack Filing is generally less expensive but may require multiple treatments throughout the years. Crack filling is generally only used for non-working or non-expanding cracks and is more of a temporary fix. Once the pavement begins to expand and contract, the material loses its effectiveness.

    Crack sealing is more costly out of pocket but will substantially extend the life expectancy of the pavement. It is considered a permanent asphalt and pavement treatment as it can last up to 8 years. Sealing is only used on active cracks that expand from season to season. Using a specially prepared hot pour rubberized sealant, this material can flex as the temperatures rise and fall throughout the year.

    Exit 7 Sealcoating utilizes a variety of pavement crack repair methods for all of your asphalt repair needs. These services, and more, are available for residential asphalt and commercial customers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At Exit 7 Sealcoating we use a variety of products from the best brands in the industry for sealcoating asphalt and blacktop. Some of these include SealMaster®, PetroSealTM, PrepSealTM and Mastic Asphalt Crack Filler. Call 609-424-3609 to discuss your pavement crack repair needs and for a consultation of your asphalt.