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How Frequent Should Cracks Be Sealed?

When should asphalt driveways have cracks sealed?

Asphalt crack sealing is vital to the lifespan of an asphalt driveway. Keeping cracks sealed up from moisture is extremely important and ultimately should be done every year. As a matter of fact, the best time to do this is in the fall when cracks are opened up at their widest. This will minimize the amount of moisture entering the cracks during those freeze and thaw cycles in the winter. In the summer, when the cracks expand, the crack sealer then gets squeezed tightly keeping rain water from entering those cracks. This will help extend the life of your asphalt driveway tremendously.

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Marc Cuevas

A week ago I had my driveway crack filled and sealed. We are in the middle of summer and in a heat wave with temperatures during the day exceeding 90 degrees and can top off at almost 100 degrees with high humidity. I’ve noticed portions of my driveway that my tires have gone over the crack fill leaving tire marks. Is that normal and will the tire marks go away over time? And will the crack fill that has tire marks smooth out on its own? I appreciate any advice you have. Thank you.

This is normal and unfortunately there’s not a lot that can be done to avoid it.

Charles E. Knight Jr

Should a driveway installed in May be starting to crack in October? We have had what I considered to be excessive tire scruffing issues earlier and now the cracking has started.

No but maybe yes. It’s not if a driveway should crack it’s when and where will it crack. I’ve seen properly installed driveways crack within weeks of installation . Can you send pics? Do you still have a copy of your contract? You can email to us and we’ll take a look.

Charles E. Knight Jr

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These appear to be very minor. I wouldn’t worry too much about them unless you start seeing more and if they start to look like an alligators back. (Alligatoring)

Charles E. Knight Jr

Thanks for the info. I was concerned because the cracking is in multiple areas and we had some troublesome issues earlier with tire scruffing on the asphalt surface.

Multiple areas? How many square feet do you have? Can you send more pics from further away? Tire scruffing as in when you turn your steering wheel parked in place or just driving on it?

Charles E. Knight Jr

The total is about 2700 sq ft. The “scruffing” occurred during turning around in the driveway. It is not a circular driveway, so we would have to do 2 or 3 point turns. We complained that we felt that the asphalt was not adequately hard at the time. The first picture is of the largest cracked area. there are other areas cracked to a lesser severity. The company that we worked with offerered us a seal coat within one year to placate us at the time of the scruffing issues. comment imagecomment image

Any chance you could send pictures from further away? As much of the drive as possible.