Does your driveway have cracks, holes, or oil spills that are causing irreplaceable damage? Sealing driveways may be helpful, but driveway repair by quickly patching up holes and cracks can keep your driveway in good condition. Oil spills can also cause a lot of damage. Most people attempt driveway repair in the summer months but winter can be better for filling in cracks. It does not matter which season it is because a driveway repair that is conducted as soon as possible is always the best time.
Here are some tips that you might want to consider when preparing for repairing a driveway:
First, you should use a sharp object to remove weeds or grass from the driveway cracks. Second, remove the extra pieces of asphalt from the damaged area. You can do this by using an extra strength garden hose nozzle or pressure washer. Sweep off the entire driveway and remove all debris. Use a diluted driveway cleaner to scrub down the asphalt. Repeat if necessary and add an oil primer if needed for tough oil stains. Pressure wash or hose down the driveway. Remove all loose pieces of asphalt from cracks with a shop vacuum. Before filling, be sure the area is dry and has no more debris.
On the other hand, for an effective driveway repair, you might want to consider these tips:
For damages that extend from 3 to 12mm across, use a caulk gun to apply rubberized asphalt emulsion into the holes. Use a flat object to scrape the excess emulsion from the top of the hole creating an even opening. When you are working with an extremely large crack you need to purchase some cold-patch blacktop. Begin by flattening the blacktop with a rake. Use a 4×4 to compound the blacktop. Fill in the remaining space with more blacktop mixture until the hole is overflowing a little. Place a plywood sheet over the filled in hole and run your car on top of it.
Finally, when sealing your driveway, doing the following may be helpful to you:
Spray the driveway lightly with your hose’s mist setting. Apply the acrylic sealer 1 ft across the width of the driveway. Use an applicator to extend the sealer to 3-4ft wide. Use a squeegee to remove the extra sealer by scraping the squeegee towards yourself until you have removed all of the excess sealer from the entire driveway.