How To Determine What Type Of Damage Your Asphalt Driveway Has
If your asphalt driveway is looking a little beat up, you need to determine what type of damage it has so you can take the appropriate steps to fix it. Here are some of the most common types of damage that your asphalt driveway can sustain and what you can do about it.
One of the most common types of damage that asphalt driveways suffer from are cracks. If your driveway has cracks in it, the first thing you need to do is pull out any weeds that have taken root inside of the cracks. Next, you need to use a hose or power washer to blast out any sand and dirt that is inside of the cracks. Once you clean the cracks and can see how deep they are, you can more effectively move forward with cleaning them.
If the crack is really shallow, all you need to do is purchase and spread liquid asphalt compound known as driveway coating. You'll squeak this compound into the crack, then use a putty knife to spread the compound and make it even.
If the crack is deep, you are going to want to take sand and fill the crack up so that it is only about as deep as the width of your pinky finger. Then, you are going to want to put rubberized asphalt filler on top of it. You can buy the cold version of this at most hardware stores; press the filler into the crack and use a putty knife or trowel to push it in and even it off.
You can typically treat holes the same way that you do large cracks. Fill them with sand until the sand is almost even with the surface of the rest of your driveway. Then, spread cold press rubberized asphalt filler on top of the hole, and use a trowel to push it into place and make the hole flat and even again.
A depression is different from a hole. A depression occurs when your asphalt sinks down; a hole occurs when your asphalt cracks and opens up, exposing the earth underneath it. As long as the depression is not very deep, you should be able to repair it on your own. First, you'll want to clean the depression. If there are any oils that have pooled up in the depression, get rid of them by scrubbing the area with dish soap and a stiff brush. Then, use driveway coating to prime the depression and the driveway surface surrounding the depression. Next, take cold press rubberized asphalt, and fill in the depression until it is even with the surface around it. Put a board on top of the depression and drive over it a few times with your car to push the rubberized asphalt into place and ensure that the depression is filled. If the depression sinks down further when you drive over it, add additional rubberized asphalt until it is even with the surrounding asphalt again.
Over time, your asphalt driveway may lose its luster and just look a little worn out, but not damaged. When this occurs, you may just need to have a fresh coat of seal coating put on your driveway. This will fill in any cracks that have developed, and will give your driveway a brand-new look, kind of like putting a fresh coat of paint on your home.
For assistance, talk to a professional like Interstate Paving LLC.