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How To Fill Small Cracks In Your Asphalt Driveway

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Has your asphalt driveway developed a series of small cracks over the years? If so, you will be glad to know that this type of cosmetic damage can often be repaired on a do-it-yourself basis in a relatively short period of time by simply following the step-by-step instructions below.  

Step 1: Get All The Materials You Will Need

Once you begin the process of repairing your asphalt, you will need to be able to move quickly from one step to the next in order to ensure your repair patches cure properly. Therefore, it is essential to ensure you have all of the materials you will need to get the job done before you begin.

In order to complete this repair job, you will need the following materials.

  • cold asphalt mix
  • mixing container and paddle
  • trowel
  • hand tamper
  • stiff bristled brush or leaf blower

Step 2: Clean Your Driveway

The first thing you will need to do is to clean your entire driveway. This ensures that no loose debris gets stuck in your repair patches and prevents them from curing properly.

In most cases, you will be able to easily remove debris using a leaf blower or a stiff bristled broom. However, if you have significant debris stuck to your asphalt, you may need to use a pressure washer to remove it. If you end up requiring the use of water in order to get your driveway clean, be sure to allow ample time for the asphalt to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Get Your Asphalt Ready

The directions for mixing cold asphalt will vary slightly from one product to the next. Therefore, you will need to refer to the product's packaging in order to determine exactly how much water you need to add when mixing your materials.

Step 4: Fill Each Crack 

Once your asphalt mix is ready to be poured, use a trowel or other small shovel to fill each crack with enough asphalt that it is overflowing. The mound of asphalt sitting on top of each crack should be a few inches taller than the surrounding materials. This ensures that you have enough materials present to really fill the crack completely once the asphalt is compressed.

Step 5: Compress Asphalt

Apply pressure to each repair patch using your hand tamper. The objective in this step is to compress the new asphalt tightly enough that your once overflowing mound of materials is now flush with the rest of you driveway. This can take considerable upper body strength. Therefore, you may need to enlist the help of a friend or neighbor if you find that you do not have the strength necessary to compress the asphalt on your own.

A Final Thought

While small cracks in asphalt are quite common and easy to repair, dealing with larger cracks can be a whole different story. This is because cracks that are larger than a few inches long or deep may require the use of hot asphalt in order to be properly repaired. Consequently, you will need to seek out the services of a professional paving contractor (such as one from Central Paving & Sealcoating Inc) when dealing with type of damage.