For many people living in town, their own personal driveway is a huge bonus. It's a nice convenience to not have to park on the road, especially as parking on the road raises the chances of your vehicle getting hit by other vehicles, damaged from salt/ice trucks during the winter, and facing other risks associated with parking on a busy street. However, owning a driveway comes with the responsibility of maintaining it. If you have an asphalt driveway, you will need to learn how to repair holes, cracks, and weeds from the driveway. This guide will walk you through the basics of asphalt repair.
Prepare in Advance
The materials that you use to repair the driveway require hot, sunny days. Before you start an asphalt project, you should check the forecast for the week. Find the days that don't have any chances of rain, and plan on doing the project that day. If it is a long or particularly wide driveway, it may take a few days. Space it out if you need to. You also need to plan on not using the driveway for a few days afterwards.
Before you start sealing your driveway or filling holes, you need to remove all the weeds and grass from the driveway and its edges. Use a flat spade to dig out the unwanted weeds. Use an edger around the outside of the driveway to give definition to the area where the asphalt meets the yard.
If your driveway has oil stains, you should remove these while you are working on the driveway. Mix a solution of detergent and water and scrub the stains vigorously. You can also purchase special oil remover or driveway cleaning products if you choose. Let the solutions sit for an hour, and then hose the areas down. Let the surface dry completely.
The process of fixing holes depends on the size of the holes. For anything less than an inch deep, you can place a patch over it and smooth sealant over the patch. For a small hole, use a trowel and smooth in asphalt filler until the hole is filled. Anything that is large requires a course-aggregate filler to be placed in it. Smooth the filler in layer by layer until the hole is completely filled.
Clean the cracks using a wire brush first. You will need a special crack filler product, which you can purchase at any home improvement center. Fill each crack with the filler and level it out with your trowel. Seal the cracks with a tar-based sealant of your choice. The sealant can be brushed on using a large brush or squeegee. Click here for more information.