Hot pour cracking involves heated up blocks of rubberized asphalt in a specially designed melter and then applying the heated material to cracks in roads and parking lots. Hot pour offers the advantage of quick set times. Once the hot pour material cools you can drive on it. Implementing a scheduled program of asphalt maintenance that is inclusive of sealcoating and crack filling will often more than double the life cycle of your existing asphalt pavement and provide curb appeal.
Hot pour crack filling and sealcoating is also only a fraction of the cost of asphalt replacement. The key to effective crack filling and sealing is to repair and fill the cracks while they are small, as crack filling inhibits crack growth and keeps new cracks from forming. When asphalt cracks are ignored rain and moisture is allowed to penetrate the pavement and thereby the base materials and foundation get eroded which results in pavement failure. Filling these cracks with filler prevents this moisture and water penetration and slows the rate of asphalt deterioration.
Left unfilled, cracks will allow rain and moisture to flow through pavement and erode base materials ultimately resulting in potholes and pavement failure. Filling cracks with crack filler helps prevent rain and moisture from flowing through the pavement and causing erosion or failure. By stopping the entrance of water, the rate of deterioration of the pavement is significantly slowed. Crack sealing also prevents the loss of aggregate from the edges of the crack.
A recently completed commercial property asphalt crack filling, sealcoating and line striping project at the Fiesta Banquet Hall in Woodridge, New Jersey is shown below: