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Asphalt sealer stops cracks in their tracks

Paint roller, old broom will successfully spread emulsifier into nooks, crannies
Published on Mar 17, 2004

Q: Several years ago, maybe three, I had my driveway and parking area covered with new blacktop (asphalt). Because I live on a hillside and the driveway is steep, the contractor compacted it with hand machines, not a "steamroller" as I would have preferred. The parking area is slightly inclined toward the driveway. Now, cracks have appeared – some long, some short – in both areas, the driveway and parking. How do I treat this problem to contain it? Is regular maintenance required on blacktop? A: The cracks that appeared in your driveway over time are from the earth movement. Since you live in the Oakland (Calif.) Hills, an area where most of the soil is clay and there is quite a bit of earth movement, you can't stop the cracks from occurring. So, maintenance is the answer. Establishing a regular maintenance program for sealing the cracks will prolong the life of your driveway and save you from a big replacement bill in the future. The culprit taking advantage of cracks ...

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