How to Maintain an Asphalt Driveway

Posted on: 3 November 2015

Asphalt is an extremely durable substance, able to stand up to a great deal of wear and tear. However, like all materials, over time asphalt can become damaged and cracked. When cracks develop in an asphalt driveway, they can allow water and plants to get inside the asphalt, which can force the cracks open even wider. Thankfully, proper maintenance can reduce the likelihood of this happening and extend the overall lifespan of your driveway.

Inspection

Look over your driveway before you begin. Note any holes, depressions, and cracks. If you have a collection of depressions and large cracks in addition to small ones, you should tackle the larger problems first—small cracks require a treatment of the entire driveway, and as such they should be done last.

Depressions

Small depressions or dips in your driveway may not be a problem right now, but they can develop into cracks or potholes if left unattended. Thankfully, filling these depressions is a fairly simple process. Use a broom and a hose to clear out any dust or other debris. Then, apply an asphalt cold patch (which is available at most hardware stores) to the depression, using a trowel to spread the patch evenly, flush with the rest of the driveway. Let the cold patch sit and harden for at least a day—check the packaging for a specific time frame—before driving your car over the area again.

Large Cracks

For larger cracks in your driveway, you should use a wire brush and a hose to remove any loose debris inside them. For cracks that are fairly deep, you should pour sand into them so that they are filled to at least half an inch below the surface of the rest of the driveway. Then, apply crack filler (which is available at most hardware stores) to the cracks, again making use of a trowel to level the filled-in cracks with the rest of the driveway.

Small Cracks

For small cracks, you'll want to apply an asphalt sealer, which is available at most hardware stores. Stir the sealer thoroughly, then apply it to the driveway using a squeegee brush. Allow the first coat to dry (each specific product is different, but it should be at least a few hours) and then apply a second coat. Be sure to apply sealant over the newly fixed large cracks and depressions, as it can help prevent these problems from reappearing.

For further advice or to hire a professional to handle this job, look for paving by Pavement Solutions Inc or another company in your area.

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