Asphalt is a proven, long-lasting and cost effective paving material. It’s the best—no bias here ;). But, nothing lasts forever. Regular maintenance can significantly extend the life of your driveway, but eventually the the day will come that your driveway needs repair. If you catch the damage early enough, you may be able to handle those repairs yourself.
So what does asphalt deterioration look like?
Asphalt deterioration can take many forms but on a residential driveway you will most likely first notice depressions, cracks or crumbling. If caught early enough, there is a good chance that you can make the repairs yourself.
Here we provide step-by-step DIY instructions for repairing common residential driveway issues.
How to fix crumbling asphalt on your driveway
If you find that your asphalt is beginning to crumble, you should address the problem as quickly as you can.
Repairs need to be done immediately to lengthen the life of the remaining asphalt. If the asphalt has only had cracks appearing recently, you can easily repair them with the help of a reliable contractor.
When you’re repairing cracks and potholes, it’s best to fill in any depressed areas and seal your driveway afterward to stop it from crumbling again any time soon.
How to repair cracks and potholes
Crumbling asphalt is often caused by cracks and potholes that are left to get worse over time.
Asphalt cracks due to heavy loads, freezing, and even the growth of vegetation underground. All of this can seriously damage your paving.
Fortunately, there is a way to fill cracks and potholes and help prevent your asphalt from crumbling.
- Use a wire brush or chisel to clean any of the cracks that have appeared on your asphalt. By digging away at the cracks you will remove any loose pieces of asphalt in them.
- Make sure you sweep away any loose materials with a brush and clean out the cracks completely.
- It’s important to clean the crack and the surrounding area, or the patch might not take properly and end up wearing away a lot quicker in the future.
- You can use a garden hose to clean off any excess dust in the area and scrub the asphalt with a cleaning agent to remove any past oil or grease spills.
- Now that the cracks are completely cleaned out, you can apply your filler to the cracks, one at a time.
If you’re unsure how to do this yourself don’t be afraid to call in the professionals to help you complete the job – our crew are great!
How to fill in depressed areas of asphalt
Depressions or low areas on your asphalt appear due to cars or trucks being parked on it for too long. Cold weather and the build-up of water in these depressions can cause them to get a lot worse over time.
Eventually, these depressions will start to crack under pressure and cause your asphalt to become weak and begin to crumble.
Here’s how you can fix depressions in your asphalt:
- Make sure that the low areas in your asphalt are cleaned thoroughly before you begin filling them. You can remove any dirt by sweeping it away and any grease or oil can be sprayed with a high-pressure hose. You can also add some cleaner to the mix to help get rid of the oil or grease faster.
- When you’re finished cleaning the area, make sure there’s no standing water left in the depression. You can’t apply the patching materials to a surface that is waterlogged – or even damp.
- Now that the area is primed and ready to go, fill the depression to the level of the surrounding surface by spreading asphalt patching carefully in the area. To make it smooth use a metal tamper.
- It’ll take at least 24 hours for the patches to dry, so fence them off, for now, to make sure nobody steps on them or drives over them.
If you’re not entirely sure how to patch an asphalt depression, or don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, give us a call to help you get the job done right.
How to seal a driveway
- After you’ve repaired any cracks, potholes, and depressions you should wait between two to five days to seal your driveway.
- To prepare your asphalt’s surface, make sure it’s clean of any oil, dirt, grease, or any other debris that might have landed on it over the last couple of days.
- Use a broom, like before, to get most of it up and you can use a cleaner or detergent to remove any grease in the area. Rinse the area with a high-pressure hose and mop up any large puddles.
- It’s okay to begin applying the sealant if your area isn’t completely dry.
- Stir your sealant thoroughly as you’ll need to make sure that the ingredients are mixed together properly or it won’t work correctly.
- Then apply the sealant to each section of your asphalt and use a roller to spread the sealant around so it’s evenly spread. Make sure that any areas that are extremely weathered soak in the sealant. This will help prevent them from getting any worse.
- After you’re finished, block off the areas you’ve sealed so people don’t disturb it. You need to let the sealant cure for about 24 hours before any vehicle drives over it.
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