Making Small Repairs to Your Asphalt Driveway

Posted on: 3 September 2015

If you have an asphalt driveway, you most likely enjoy the benefit of a smooth surface that is durable and looks great. In time, asphalt can deteriorate slightly, making it necessary to do routine maintenance to upkeep its composition. Here are some instructions for you to use to fix up small areas of your driveway that need attention, allowing it to retain its cosmetically pleasing look as a result.

Clean Your Driveway

Thoroughly cleaning your driveway will help prepare it for repair as the material you use to fix holes and cracks will be able to adhere without debris getting in the way. It also will help you do an evaluation of the driveway, as all blemishes will be easily seen. Use a leaf blower to remove any embedded dust and dirt from cracks and holes within the driveway. Use a pressure washer to cleanse the surface, removing particles and grime that you weren't able to be blow from the surface. Allow to dry completely before assessing for damaged areas.

Do an Evaluation

Walk up and down your driveway looking for spots that appear to be crumbling or that have small cracks running through the asphalt. Draw a quick diagram of your driveway and mark the areas on this picture so you will be able to find them easily when you are ready to start repair work. After you determine how many spots are in need of attention, you will have a better idea as to how many supplies you will need to purchase to do the work.

Fill Cracks and Holes

Rubberized asphalt filler will nicely fill in cracks, crevices, and small holes in your driveway. Before you add this material to the asphalt, fill in these areas with crushed gravel. Push the gravel into the broken areas using a screwdriver, putty knife, or similar hard tool to tamp the rock into place.

Rubberized asphalt filler comes in a tube that is placed into a caulk gun to apply. Push the nozzle into the crushed gravel you have just pushed into the area and squeeze the filler into the hole, covering the gravel in the process. Use a putty knife to smooth the filler over the area and allow it to harden.

Seal the Driveway

After all areas are filled, you will want to add a seal coat to the driveway to keep the areas safely contained. Seal coating is applied using a squeegee and brush. Start at the end of your driveway furthest from your home and work your way back to your house so that you don't have to walk back over it again to go inside. The sealant should be brushed across the asphalt and needs a day to dry over the repaired areas.

If you would prefer a professional to do a seal coating on the asphalt for you, feel free to contact a company like Stritar Seal Coating.