Have your driveways paved yet? Congratulations! You just made your driving experience way better than driving on a dirt road leading to your garage. However, as the years go by, asphalts do get exposed to different weather conditions that would create cracks and pot holes. This is one of the most common problems that homeowners face with their asphalt driveways. The good thing is that you can repair the cracks yourself. With this DIY guide, you will be able to repair the cracks in your driveway at a lesser cost than calling the professionals. If you have the time to do it yourself, why not, right?
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that everything is smooth and clean. To do this, you have to remove broken pieces of asphalt in your driveway. You can use a hammer for this purpose. The next thing you need to do is remove any debris trapped inside the cracks. You also need to pull out weeds that have grown inside it. If smaller debris is still trapped inside, you can use a compressed air gun to remove them. However, if the said equipment is not available, you can always improvise. The most important thing here is that the cracks are made ready for the filling process. Once the cleaning is done, you are now ready to fill in the gaps.
You may find yourself facing different kinds of cracks after the cleaning is done. Either, you will have smaller cracks or larger cracks.
Smaller cracks (lesser than half an inch in depth) can be patched using Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC). Follow the mixing instructions that came with the RAC that you just bought. Make use of a caulking gun or any squeezable plastic bottle to apply the RAC into the cracks. You also have the option to pour the mix directly in the absence of these materials. After filling in the cracks, make sure that everything is smooth. You can use any material that you can grab your hands onto to smoothen the surface of the cracks. The RAC may come at a higher price compared to its alternatives. However, they are proven to last longer and it is environmentally friendly. IN addition, using this filling material would reduce road noise up to 80%. Which can be a good thing, especially when you are living in a quiet neighborhood.
For larger cracks, you can use cold asphalt to fill the gaps. However, before doing so, you may need to provide a good enough base for the asphalt to fit in. You can use small gravel to provide the base inside the cracks. Fill the crack up to two-inches and then compact the gravel using a tamper or any equivalent. You should be ready to fill the gaps with the cold asphalt. After filling the cracks, you have to make sure that everything is leveled to have a consistent look and feel in your driveway. You don’t want to drive on an uneven driveway, do you?
Once all the fillings are complete, you may need to avoid running over the cracks that you just filled for a week or so. The top of the filling will dry faster compared to the fillings inside. Driving over the freshly filled cracks may prevent air from going in, thus tampering the hardening process.