How To Make Repairs To Your Asphalt Driveway

Posted on: 29 August 2017

Your driveway provides a place for you to park your vehicles every day and can give the kids a space to ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards and other ride-on toys. If your driveway is in poor shape, it isn't quite as fun, and it can also make your home look a little unkempt. Making repairs to your driveway as needed is important in order to prevent the damage from worsening and ending up as large cracks, holes and a complete breakdown of your asphalt. See below for instructions on how to repair an asphalt driveway.

Tools And Materials For The Job:

  • Asphalt caulk
  • Asphalt patch 
  • Sealcoat (enough to cover the driveway)
  • Weed killer
  • Stiff bristle brush
  • Shop vacuum
  • Leaf blower (or broom)
  • Tamper

Instructions:

  1. To start, clean off your entire driveway so you have a clear view of what you're dealing with. Use a leaf blower or broom to sweep debris from the driveway. 
  2. Once it's clean, take a good look at the driveway and check out the cracks or potholes you have. If you have smaller superficial cracks, asphalt caulking will get the job done; however, if you have larger holes or cracks, you'll need to use a patch to fill it in. Check out these areas to see what exactly you need to fill in the cracks/holes.
  3. Next, clean out these areas, as they probably have weeds or grass beginning to grow through them. To prevent the weeds from coming back and worsening the crack (or ruining the patch job), spray the area with weed killer. After the weeds/grass are dead, pull out everything including the root. 
  4. Take a stiff bristle brush to remove any loose debris inside the crack. You want to have a solid area for the caulk and patch to adhere to. Sweep out the debris or use a shop vacuum.
  5. Fill in the crack or hole using either the caulk or the patch depending on the width of the crack or hole. Follow the manufacturer's instructions, then allow it to set before driving on or walking across the area. If using a patch, use a tamper to tamp down the patch so it's level with the rest of your driveway.
  6. After the patch or caulk is dry, it's best to sealcoat the entire driveway to help protect your asphalt and to lengthen the life of your driveway.
  7. To do so, spread the sealcoat evenly using a long-handled squeegee, beginning at the top of the driveway and working your way down to the curb. Allow the sealcoat to dry thoroughly (about 24 - 48 hours) and block off your driveway with caution tape or flags to prevent anyone from driving on the driveway before it's set.

Make necessary repairs to your driveway to prevent weeds and grass from growing up through cracks, which can breakdown your asphalt and make it more difficult to repair later. Talk to an asphalt paving company like New England Paving about having this work done for you or to have your driveway re-paved.

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