Block cracks can be easily identified by the square pattern they create. They are commonly caused by a lack of traffic.
Edge cracks as the name suggests appear parallel and close to the edge of the pavement. This problem can be caused by poor drainage or a weak base.
Over time aging asphalt can become rigid and unable to handle stress, these cracks are called Fatigue cracks. Fatigue cracks can be identified by their alligator patterned cracks that form in the asphalt.
Joint cracks develop when poorly constructed joints in the pavement do not bond correctly and cause long straight cracks.
Sometimes in resurfaced pavement, a crack or joint below the resurfaced area can work its way up to the new surface this occurrence is called Reflective.
Slippage is a u-shaped crack caused by heavy irregular traffic.
There may be a lot of different ways your parking lot can crack but they all can cause serious problems beyond being an eyesore. Cracks in your asphalt allow water passage directly to your base and sub base. Sand, stone, and dirt can also fill in the cracks causing stress to the asphalt. All this can seriously affect the life of your asphalt causing you to have to resurface your parking area much sooner than you planned.
Repairing your cracks earlier is the most convenient and cost-effective way to improve the look and longevity of your paved area.