During winter, snow and ice repeatedly freeze and thaw on your asphalt surfaces. If your asphalt contains uneven areas or isn't graded correctly, the thaw cycle can cause water to pool and seep into your asphalt surface. Since water expands when it freezes, it causes your asphalt to crack. Repeated freeze/thaw cycles can create large cracks and holes in your asphalt concrete surface. Here at the BBB Serving Western Michigan, we want to help you determine if you should repair the damage yourself or hire a professional contractor.
Signs Your Asphalt Surface Needs Repaired
Crumbling Sections or Edges
New or Growing Cracks
DIY Asphalt Repair for Small Holes and Cracks
Small cracks and holes less than 1/4 inch can be filled with rubberized driveway sealant, which can be purchased at any home improvement store. Before you fill and seal the cracks and holes, you will need to thoroughly clean out any plants, gravel, dirt and debris from the affected areas. This typically involves using a stiff bristled brush and a pointed hand trowel. Once the areas are completely clean, fill the small cracks and holes with the rubberized asphalt sealant.
For holes larger than 1/4 inch, you will have to evaluate the area. Isolated holes that are not surrounded by cracks or other holes of varying sizes can be filled with cold fill. To properly fill the holes, you will need to remove all the dirt, debris and gravel, then fill it with cold fill before packing it and smoothing the surface.
Hiring a Contractor for Large Holes, Cracks and Significant Damage
If you have exceptionally large holes and cracks, you may want to consider hiring an asphalt repair contractor. This is especially true if you have alligator cracking, block cracking, crumbling edges and/or sinkholes. Alligator cracking occurs when you have multiple cracks that resemble the skin of an alligator. Block cracks appear as large squares in your paved surface.
Crumbling edges can be the sign of asphalt that isn't properly supported by the ground underneath due to either installation errors or a change in the soil composition, and sinkholes occur when the sublayers of the asphalt degrade or are not strong enough to support the surface. In these instances, you will want to hire an asphalt repair contractor to determine why the damage occurred and to properly repair the surface.
Choosing the Right Asphalt Repair Contractor for Your Driveway or Parking Lot in Michigan
Before you hire an asphalt repair contractor to repair your asphalt concrete surface, it is important to perform some research to ensure you are hiring the best contractor for your job. You can do this by using resources provided by Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan to find BBB Accredited asphalt repair contractors in your area. BBB Accredited contractors are required to adhere to certain business practices, advertising and customer service standards in order to maintain high ratings. Our website also allows you to read past complaints and their resolutions as well as overall company reviews, which can help you determine which contractor to hire for your asphalt repair project.