Repair and Reseal
Just like any other area in the house, driveways need maintenance as well. Often, driveways are neglected and they end up developing cracks that allow water to seep in the asphalt. If left unrepaired, the cracks will eventually get bigger with time (due to the change in climate), leaving your driveway in a mess.
If you’ve noticed small cracks in your asphalt driveway, gather your tools and repair it NOW.
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Determine the Size of the Crack
Before you get down to business, determine the size of the crack, as it will help you understand what products to use as filler. Driveway crack fillers are available in a variety of different textures. You may find one in a liquid consistency and another in a much more solid state that is usually available in a tube and can be applied using a caulking gun. Decide on the one you want to use. For smaller cracks less than 1-inch width, you can go for the crack filler. And for larger cracks, choose the cold patch products because it will create a more solid and firm surface. Remember to fill in the deep cracks with sand and holes with gravel for better results.
Clean Your Driveway
Clean your asphalt driveway before you proceed further. Sweep some water over it or power wash the grit and grime off the surface. Finally, use products like TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate) to remove any stains or spills from the driveway. Asphalt is a petroleum-based product and will easily break the oil spills down the surface of your driveway, allowing water to soak in creating soft spots.
Fill the Surface
Your next step should be to fill the cracks using fillers. However, before filling the cracks, you need to widen the base of the cracks in such a way that the surface cracks are smaller than the base. This is important because it will keep the filler fixed. Overfill the crack and smooth the surface with a trowel. Finally, apply the crack filler.
Tamping is Important
Tamp the asphalt twice during the filling process; the first time when you’ve filled a crack on the top and the second time when you’ve filled to slightly over the edge. Tamping will eliminate air holes, and help in creating better results.
The final step is to seal the surface to keep the moisture away. Sealing also ensures that the best bond has been created between the new product and the asphalt. Try to do in on a dry day so that the sealer dries properly. When applying the sealer, use a brush or a paint roller with a long handle. Sealing is just like a painting. Be sure to read the instructions on the sealer before using the product.
Once the sealer dries off, your driveway will return to its original state. It will get shiny and black, just like a new driveway. But most importantly, it will be protected from any oil spills or water seeping in because of the absence of any cracks.
Working with driveway products is a messy business, as they lead to stains and splashes on the clothes.
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