When it comes to repairing asphalt driveways, there are a number of tips you’ll want to keep in mind. This is regardless of how large your driveway is or whether it’s a driveway at a residential property or commercial property. With that said, the top tips to keep in mind include:
The Size Of The Hole Or Crack Is Important
The size of the hole or the size of the crack is important. Take a look at how big the hole or crack is because this will determine what kind of product you need. The depth and the width of the hole or crack will help you decide what type of filler to get, and how much of it you need.
If the width and depth is larger than 1/2″, then you should opt for a patch product. If it’s smaller than that, then a simple crack-filler product can probably be used. However, if the crack or hole is very noticeably deep, then you should use gravel to fill them in. With that said, before you do anything examine the holes and cracks to determine how big they are.
Clean The Area
Clean the area around the hole/crack that will be repaired. This means sweeping away any debris such as stones, rocks, and so forth. You want all loose bits in the area to be gone. Also, if there are weeds located between the cracks or holes, then you should remove them before you make any repairs.
Before you repair the cracks or holes, you can also use a hose. A good idea is to sweep around the area first and then hose it down. You’ll want to wait until the asphalt has completely dried before you start making repairs.
The weather needs to be dry and hot if you plan on using a cold patch. If you plan on using a sealant, then the weather just needs to be dry, not necessarily hot. If you plan on making repairs in the wintertime, then do your best to make the repairs on the warmest day possible.
You’ll want to tamp down on the asphalt at least twice, and this needs to be done during the filling process. The reason you want to tamp down is because this will create a stronger bond. Air holes will be plugged up by doing this.
There are many tamping tools on the market. If you don’t want to buy one, then opt for a 4X4, which can be used to tamp down the asphalt. If the holes you’re repairing is very large, then you can simply drive your car over the surface of the hole that was repaired.
Those are a few tips to keep in mind for repairing asphalt driveways. If you’re not confident about making repairs yourself, then you should hire a professional company. A professional has the tools and expertise required to get the job done right the first time around. Plus, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress and time by hiring a professional.