Benefits of Routing Before Sealing Cracks

benefits of routingPavement routing in Brampton is fairly common, but there are still many property owners that aren’t aware of the advantages of this procedure. When cracks begin to appear in pavement, it is important to have it fixed quickly to prevent further damage from developing. However, many people are unaware that there are many advanced repair techniques that can be used not only to prevent cracks but also to extend the life of pavement. Crack routing is one repair method that, when combined with crack sealing, can extend the life of pavement.

What is Crack Routing?

Crack routing is an additional repair method that can be done at the same time as crack sealing. When cracks begin to form in pavement, water can seep into the cracks and degrade the ground beneath. This leads to potholes, uneven pavement, and other forms of pavement damage. With crack sealing, a hot, elastic material is poured into the cracks to fill them up and prevent water from seeping in.

While crack sealing is used to repair cracks, there are additional techniques that can be used in combination to increase its effectiveness. One of these is crack routing. With crack routing, a machine is used to open up the cracks, widening and deepening them. After this is done, then the sealant is poured in, filling up the crack. When done together, crack routing and sealing can drastically extend the life of your pavement.

Why Crack Routing Before Crack Sealing?

Crack routing may sound a little strange. If you want to repair a crack, why would you make a crack bigger before filling it in? Wouldn’t that just make the crack even worse?

Actually, crack routing helps make crack sealing more effective. When crack sealing and filling is done without routing, the sealant usually settles towards the top of the crack and never reaches the bottom. This means that there is still damage present beneath the pavement surface, which can lead to further degradation. By using crack routing and opening up the crack, sealant can reach the bottom of the crack.

As well, crack routing extends the life of pavement. By opening up a crack, a reservoir is created, which allows the sealant to adhere properly and evenly to the side of the crack. During the winter, when temperature changes cause the crack to expand, the reservoir prevents damage from occurring and the sealant remains in place.

When crack sealing is done without crack routing, the sealant often isn’t properly bonded to the sides of the crack. This means that when temperatures drop and pavement starts to shift, the crack can be reopened and water can seep in, causing more damage and requiring another round of repair.

So, when it comes to pavement cracking and asphalt crack sealing, make sure that you are using routing when appropriate. Using this one additional repair method can save you a lot of repairs further down the line.

Why Choose Sure-Seal Pavement Inc. for Crack Routing?

Sure-Seal Pavement Inc. specializes in crack sealing and crack routing throughout the Brampton area. We offer repairs that can help save property owners’ costs and prevent further costly repairs down the line. We follow a five-step procedure that will extend the life of your pavement.

As the leading pavement maintenance contractor in the GTA, Sure-Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc. specializes in catch basin repairs, rebuilding, and repaving. We offer an industry-leading seven-year structural warranty. Contact us today for more information on how we can perform catch basin repair for your driveway or parking lot.