What To Do After You Spot Alligator Cracking In Asphalt

You’ll know it when you see it; it’s that obvious. Asphalt paving will often show the all-too-common sign of age known as “crocodile” or “alligator cracking.” As your asphalt begins to deteriorate, you will notice that the pavement bears a stunning resemblance to reptile skin. Left uncorrected, alligator cracking can lead to worse and more expensive repairs.

What Causes Alligator Cracking? 

Though alligator cracking may appear as a cosmetic issue, it’s usually a symptom of a deeper problem beneath the surface. The cracks occur when the structures beneath the asphalt are unable to support the weight on them. 

Repairing Alligator Cracking

Because alligator cracking is the result of more significant structural issues, the treatment plan must be multi-faceted. Any reputable asphalt contractor will be able to walk you through their treatment recommendations. Still, there are a few critical elements that all well-rounded alligator cracking remediation plans should possess. 

These include: 

  • Evaluating the extent of the damage and identify the source of the problem
  • Investigating the deterioration of the asphalt subbase — usually the main culprit of alligator cracking
  • Removal of the damaged area before it spreads
  • Repair and reseal the entire surface

Preventing Alligator Cracking From Showing Up Again

If you notice early signs of cracking in your asphalt, the best thing to do is fill or seal those cracks before the damage has time to spread. If it’s possible to redirect traffic away from the area, you can prevent new cracks from forming. However, once the signs have started to appear, it’s already too late. Any mitigation measures only delay the inevitable need for eventual replacement. Almost all instances of alligator cracking require a complete repair of the asphalt sub-base

For more information on how to address alligator cracking at your commercial property, reach out to our paving experts today.