How To Repair, Reseal, And Maintain Your Asphalt Driveway

Posted on: 26 June 2017

Asphalt is a durable material, making it a great choice for roads, highways, and driveways. It's a durable material, but it can still get damaged over time. If you have an asphalt driveway, you may have noticed cracks or even crumbling. If you have a lot of cracks and crumbling, it may be time to have your driveway repaved. A few cracks in your driveway can be repaired, then your driveway can be sealed. See below for tips and instructions on how to repair, reseal and maintain your driveway.

Making Repairs

  1. Before you can begin filling in the cracks in your driveway, you need to first remove the grass and weeds growing up through the cracks. To do this, you can spray the weeds with a weed killer.
  2. Once dead, pull the weeds and grass out. Then use a small chisel to get the loose debris out of the crack.
  3. Next, use a shop vacuum or a stiff bristle broom to clear out the crack. 
  4. Finally, fill in the crack using asphalt caulk or a patch kit. Both can be found at your local hardware store. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for directions.

Resealing

Your driveway should be sealed every couple of years. You can find asphalt sealer at your local hardware store. Before beginning, be sure to dress in old clothing and old tennis shoes, as this can be a messy job.

  1. Cut in the sealer around the edges of your driveway so you don't get the sealer on areas such as your sidewalk, garage floor, landscape blocks and other areas. Use a 3 inch flat paintbrush to get around these areas.
  2. Next, use a squeegee to apply the sealer evenly across your driveway. Work from the top of your driveway down to the bottom.
  3. Use a rope, flags or caution tape across your driveway to prevent anyone driving on your driveway, as you will need about 48 hours for the sealer to cure completely.

Maintenance Tips

  • Keep your asphalt clean and free of stains that can breakdown your asphalt such as grease and oil.
  • Mow away from your driveway to prevent grass clippings from getting onto your driveway. If you get grass clippings on it, sweep or blow the clippings off.
  • Don't park vehicles on the driveway for extended periods of time. Eventually these heavy vehicles can sink into the asphalt, leaving dips in your driveway.

Make necessary repairs to your driveway when needed, maintain it properly and reseal your driveway every couple of years to help lengthen the life of your asphalt. If your driveway is in disrepair, contact a professional paving company like Pioneer Seal Coat LLC for a quote on a new driveway.

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