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Can A Seal Coat Be Used For Driveway Crack Filling?

Many maintenance techniques and materials keep your driveway looking great. It can be challenging to decide which option is suitable for your pavement.

In this blog post, Garden State Paving & Seal Coating, LLC will look at whether or not seal coats are suitable for driveway crack filling. Keep reading to learn more!

Can You Use Sealcoating for Driveway Crack Filing?

Not exactly! Seal coat can’t be used for proper driveway crack filling, although it can be used to fill tiny cracks. Sealcoating your driveway every few years protects it from the elements and keeps it looking nice. If you notice cracks in your driveway, you can fill them with an asphalt patching compound before applying the seal coat. It will help keep the cracks from getting more prominent over time.

Crack filling:

It is the process of injecting an asphalt emulsion into cracks in the asphalt pavement. It fills the crack with a black, tar-like material that helps to prevent water and debris from entering the crack.

Benefits of crack filling:

  • Crack filling is less expensive than crack sealing.
  • Crack filling can be done quickly and does not require specialized equipment.
  • Crack filling protects asphalt from water damage by sealing the cracks.

Drawbacks of crack filling:

  • Crack filling does not extend the life of asphalt pavement as much as crack sealing.
  • The crack filling has to be done regularly to be effective, and it is not a permanent solution.

Crack sealing:

It is the process of applying a hot rubberized asphalt sealant to cracks in the asphalt pavement. It seals the crack, preventing water and debris from entering the crack. 

Benefits of crack sealing:

  • Crack sealing prevents water from entering and damaging the asphalt and extends the life of asphalt pavement.
  • Crack sealing is a permanent solution that can save you money in the long run by stretching the life of your asphalt pavement.

Drawbacks of crack sealing:

  • Crack sealing is more expensive than crack filling.
  • Crack sealing requires specialized equipment and training.

Which method is best for crack repairs?

The best method for crack repairs depends on the size and depth of the cracks. For small, shallow cracks, crack filling is the best option. For larger, deeper cracks, crack sealing is the best option. If you are doubtful which method is suitable for your asphalt pavement, contact an asphalt contractor near you for a consultation.

Bottom Line:

If you are skeptical about which method to use for your asphalt surface, it is always most helpful to consult with a professional asphalt contractor.

At Garden State Paving & Seal Coating, LLC, we have years of experience in concrete repair and asphalt paving and maintenance. We are proud to serve the Medford, NJ, Area with quality asphalt services. Contact us today for a free quote!