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 Driveway After Crack Filling and Seal Coating Code Black Asphalt LLC Fort Wayne, IN 260.467.9330

Weeds and vegetation are removed prior to crack filling.


Assuming your asphalt pavement was designed and constructed properly, the primary causes of failure are

  • penetration of water into the asphalt base material, and
  • oxidation of the surface by ultraviolet rays. 
Asphalt cracks are unsightly and uninviting - but that's not the only reason they're a problem. They allow water to penetrate pavement and seep into the underlying, supporting base layers. If ignored, they eventually threaten the overall strength of the pavement, lead to structural issues and cause increased expense over the long term.

Cracks can begin at the bottom of the asphalt (in the asphalt binder layer or deeper, in the base foundation) and work their way up as a result of: 1) extremely dry weather conditions that cause the gravel base to crack, or 2) water penetration into the gravel base causing erosion of the structural support the asphalt needs.  

Cracks can also begin at the surface of the asphalt. In fact, it is oxidation of the pavement surface that usually begins the failure process because it causes the asphalt to dry out and become brittle. Erosion of the top layer of fine particles occurs, resulting in the appearance of larger stone aggregate in the asphalt mix as well as hairline cracks. At this point, your asphalt is no longer smooth or coal black. 

The integrity of asphalt pavement is also affected by frost. It will lift the asphalt every winter only to re-settle every spring after the ground thaws. Asphalt with existing cracks or a compromised base won't survive this stress year after year if left untreated.

Additionally, the level of wear and tear on the surface by vehicles directly correlates with deterioration rates. Wear becomes more visible in primary traffic lanes or areas where vehicles turn. And, if a given area is structurally compromised with cracks or potholes, the weight of vehicles accelerates the deterioration. 

Unaddressed, cracks grow over time. Dirt, vegetation and other debris collect in cracks and interfere with the natural expansion and contraction of the asphalt. This can cause further defects in the surface. As the cracks continue to widen and multiply, "alligatored" areas develop and these areas generally become potholes.

The good news is that crack repairs are easily made. Proper and timely maintenance of cracks definitely contains the cost of asphalt maintenance over the years and delays very expensive resurfacing or replacement. Remember, filling cracks is the first line of defense against water intrustion. 

To remedy the impacts of the environment and usage, Code Black uses crack filler and seal coat from The Brewer Company, a leading pavement maintenance product manufacturer. The crack filler is a commercial grade, hot rubber product that meets the most stringent manufacturing and quality control standards in the industry. It is formulated with a high enough melting point for use in areas with pedestrian traffic to prevent tracking, and yet remains pliable enough in cold temperatures to resist splitting. And, of course, it resists water penetration. It is heated to a liquid, approximately 400 degrees, and applied to cracks with specially designed machinery. The extreme heat causes the sides of the asphalt in a crack to melt and form a strong bond with the rubber upon cooling. And, due to its high elasticity, the rubber expands and contracts with the thermal movements of the crack.

Dump truck with Hot Mix Asphalt for Patching Code Black Asphalt LLC Fort Wayne, IN 260.467.9330

Saw-cut and cleaned area ready for hot mix asphalt. 

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Sooner or later, your asphalt surface will need more than crack filling and seal coating; especially if a periodic maintenance program hasn't been performed.

Potholes are a serious safety risk and an eye sore. Moreover, gallons of water flow through them into the structural base causing erosion that damages the pavement in and around the pothole and increases its size over time. Fixing potholes in a timely manner reduces further pavement damage and additional costly repairs, resurfacing or asphalt replacement. 

Solutions range from patching individual potholes to replacing larger distressed areas. An estimator will identify problem areas, recommend viable repair options to prolong the life of the asphalt and minimize the impact to your budget.