If your old asphalt driveway has cracks, crumbles, and potholes, it really detracts from the appearance of your property. Asphalt drives have nice visual appeal when they are properly maintained, but one that shows a lot of wear is an eyesore. If your driveway is in bad shape, the easiest way to deal with it is to hire a contractor to do the asphalt repairs. That way the finished job will be level and have a uniform color.
However, if your drive just has a few cracks, you can probably repair them yourself. Repairing them when they're small can prevent further damage to your driveway. This is how you do it.
Prep The Surface
You need to start with a clean surface so the patching materials will stick. Start by digging out weeds that are growing in the cracks. Then sweep away dirt and all the tiny asphalt crumbles so the surface is smooth. Finally, you can wash your driveway with a hose or power washer to get it as clean as possible. Be sure the asphalt is completely dry before you add the patching products.
Apply Patch To The Cracks
There are several brands of asphalt patching material on the market. You can buy some at a lumber, hardware, or home improvement store.
To apply the patch, you pour some out in the middle of the cracked portion of your driveway. Then you use a squeegee to pull the patch out to the ends of the cracks. Be sure to extend the patch well beyond the ends, so the tips of the cracks are sealed.
It's best to apply a thin coat, let it dry, and then apply a second coat instead of applying one thick coat. Thick patch is difficult to work with, and it might be more prone to cracking. Plus, you want the patch to be level with your driveway, so it is better to start with a small amount and add more if you need it. Once the coating is applied and level, all you have to do is let it dry before you drive on it.
Finish With Sealer
The patched area of asphalt will probably be noticeable because of the color difference between the dark black patch and your faded driveway. To solve this problem, you can add sealer to your drive. This is an optional step, since you'll have to apply the sealer to your entire driveway to even out the color. The downside is the amount of extra work involved, but the upside is your driveway will have a fresh appearance.
You can buy different types of sealer. Some are applied with a squeegee, and others are painted on with a brush or sprayer. Once it's dry, your driveway will look good as new and be ready for use.
You can see it requires quite a bit of manual labor to repair driveway cracks. That's why it is such a good idea to fix them when they're small, even if it means you'll have noticeable patches. Otherwise, your driveway will continue to deteriorate. If you don't want to make repairs yourself, you can hire a contractor to do the job. It's a good idea to have your driveway resealed every few years anyway, to keep it looking its best.
To learn more, contact a company like Lakeridge Paving Company with any questions or concerns you have.