How To Repair Minor Damage To Your Asphalt Driveway

Posted on: 18 December 2014

Minor damage, such as small potholes and cracks, can easily impact the way your asphalt driveway looks and functions. Thankfully, repairing this type of damage can be relatively easy and affordable, even from companies like Armour Pavement Inc. In fact, most homeowners will be able to complete this process in just a few hours without the need for any expensive equipment. In order to complete this task yourself, simply follow the steps outlined below.

Supplies You Will Need

  • push broom or leaf blower
  • large mixing bucket
  • mixing paddle
  • trowel or small shovel
  • putty knife
  • hand tamper
  • hazard cones (optional)
  • cold mix asphalt

Step #1: Prep The Area

Before beginning any repairs, you will need to take a moment to prep the area by carefully removing all dirt and debris from both in and around any potholes and cracks. This can be done using either a push broom or leaf blower.

If your driveway is soiled with motor oil or other substances that cannot be removed using a broom or leaf blower, you may need to use a garden hose or pressure washer to eliminate any debris. However, if you must use this method, you will need to ensure that your driveway has ample time to dry before you proceed to the next step as any excess water can prevent your repair patch from curing properly.

Step #2: Fill In Cracks And Holes

After mixing your cold asphalt according to the packaging instruction, use a putty knife to fill in the deepest levels and corners of the damage. Once you have filled in the smallest cracks, use a trowel or small shovel to fill in the rest of the damaged area with asphalt.

When filling in potholes and cracks, always be sure to form a mound of asphalt that is several inches higher than your existing driveway surface. This will ensure that you have plenty of asphalt available to complete the last step in this process.

Step #3: Apply The Finishing Touches

To finish off your repair patch, you will need to compact the asphalt using a hand tamper. The tighter you are able to compress these materials, the better they will bond with your existing driveway materials and ultimately the longer your repair patch will last, so be sure to really put all of your strength into the task.

Once your repair patch is complete, you will need to allow ample time for the asphalt to dry before you begin driving over the patch. Placing hazard cones around the repaired area can help to prevent anyone from walking or driving on it before it can fully dry.

In Conclusion

When using the repair method described above, it is important to remember that this process was designed solely for use on minor damage. If you are dealing with large potholes or other significant damage, you will need to contact a qualified contractor to ensure the job is done right. This is because repairing more significant damage will require the use of hot asphalt, along with expensive machinery that the average homeowner will not have access to.