How to Repair Asphalt Cracks

As a contractor we encounter asphalt cracks on a daily basis. In California cracks in asphalt are fairly common due to a variety of factors such as ground movement, extreme heat, and extreme cold. Cracks in asphalt are not only unsightly but can prove to be the source of costly asphalt failure. Cracks left open in asphalt will allow moisture to penetrate below the surface. Once moisture builds up below the paving surface it can cause subgrade damage which will eventually lead to failure of the asphalt section. There are two techniques that can be used to repair. One is the clean out the cracks with pressurized air and filling with a hot or cold rubberized material. The other is technique is to patch the cracks with asphalt. If the cracks are unusually large we recommend cold plaining the cracks and then patching with asphalt. See the enclosed video link for how to cold plane out the cracks. 

. After the cold planing process the excess material is swept up and cleaned, the area is tack coated and then paved with hot mix asphalt concrete. Whichever method you choose the goal is to seal the cracks and prevent moisture from causing further damage. For more information about repairing cracks in your asphalt surface contact us at 800-PAVE-ITT (800) 728-3488 or visit us on the web at


7 Comments Add yours

  1. i love reading this blog..
    i learned something about this..
    thank you so much..

  2. zach says:

    Great video thanks for the info. ZW

  3. Kaira says:

    Hi there,
    Nice content of your blog..Glad I stumbled on your site. Can I share something ?
    Have you heard about the Sumsion Construction LC and did you know that since the early 1900’s, the Sumsion name has been synonymous with asphalt paving in the state of Utah. Valley Asphalt, based in Spanish Fork, Utah was owned by the Sumsion family until 1997 when it was sold to a nation-wide construction company. Through three generations, the Sumsion family had built one of the largest, most well-respected asphalt paving companies in the state. So if you wanna get in touch with them just try to visit their site

    1. Thanks for that information on your company. Next time we have a project in the Utah area we’ll give you a call.

      1. Kaira says:

        Thanks, I look forward for your call soon. Just visit our site for more information.

  4. jake says:

    great video on the paving overview of An asphalt overlay is the application of a new layer of asphalt to an existing layer of asphalt. An overlay adds the structural capacity lacking by the existing surface.

    1. Quite true an asphalt overlay does add structural strength to the existing surface but keep in mind that if the existing surface is severely damaged (alligator cracking) then we would recommend removal and replacement of the asphalt and subgrade material in order to stabilize the pavement section.

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