Your Haines City parking lot paving can take a quite a beating over the years because of its durability and quality. However, there are some types of damage that you may be unable to protect your parking lot paving against. One of these types of damage is cracking along the surface of your paving, and if these repairs can get too extensive, you may have to consider looking into the repair options available to fix this. For cracking, there are two options available for you: crack sealing and crack filling. Here we discuss the differences between the two and which option works best for your needs.
One of the most important things to note when deciding which crack treatment is best for you, you have to see how wide the cracks are. Crack sealing is typically used for cracks that are three-fourths of an inch wide or less. Crack filling is for cracks that exceed that width.
Crack sealing is a repair method that stops water and other potentially damaging objects from getting into the cracks, which could further the damage that has already been caused. Before a crack can be sealed, any debris found within it must first be cleaned out. There are different methods of crack sealing. These are the clean and seal method, saw and seal, and the rout and seal.
The clean and seal method involves cleaning out a crack and sealing it. The saw and seal method involves Saw and seal involves creating equally spaced joints on newly applied pavement before being filled in. This helps reduce the amount of cracking that occurs on pavement due to thermal changes. Rout and seal involves digging out a reservoir in the middle of a long crack and filling it with sealant. This method is best applied to newer pavements as this helps prevent water penetration.
As mentioned before, crack filling is applied to cracks that are wider than three fourths of an inch. Crack filling is best applied to prevent water penetration into the inner foundations of your parking lot paving, as well as prevent any debris from getting in there as well.
The main difference between the two procedures is that crack filling takes longer to harden, and that it does not keep water completely out of the cracks, but does minimize the amount of water and debris that can get into your Haines City parking lot paving.