Tips asphalt driveway repair

The two main problems when it comes to repairing asphalt are cracks and holes. Although both are similar, they need to be repaired in various ways. Better make repairs in hot weather, as the asphalt becomes more flexible and easier to work with. Some moisture or humidity will not affect cleaning the hole or crack filler, but as a rule, keep as dry as possible area.

Cracks and holes

The only way is to repair cracks with a filling of rubberized asphalt. This can be obtained at any hardware store and is set in a glue gun and is easily dispensed. If possible, prepare all cracks and holes with a commonly known as “input layer” composed liquid asphalt, as this allows more grip power between the patch and create a stronger and better link.

Pull weeds from cracks and holes; remove all loose particles of asphalt, then use a water hose to spray and dirt from them. Any crack which is beyond 1/4 can be filled with sand to that depth. If you have a crack of 2 inches deep, fill to 1 3/4 inches and then place the asphalt rubber coated filler. If your cracks are larger than 1/2 inch wide, considered as holes and fill them with a standard composite cold press. You can buy cold press compound in any hardware store. Press the compound as crack or hole, using a trowel and push down to level. You can also drive forward and backward over a repair to level.


Depressions in the asphalt, sometimes called “baths” are caused by uneven settlement areas. Depressions often collect water. Because they are less than 1 inch deep, they are repairable.

Use a broom to remove all dirt and debris, hose down the area. If depression is fat, remove fat with a stiff brush dishwasher detergent and rinse thoroughly. Prime the area first with the input layer to improve the bond between the surface of the patch and driveway. Use cold patch asphalt to fill in depression. After is filled, even out depressions to be able and drive a car above. Place a plate down on the asphalt patch if much starts sticking to the tires.

Unrepairable problems

You can effectively repair cracks, holes and small depressions however; there are times when the road repair is not possible. If your car tires have left deep impressions on the surface, it is a sign of poor execution when the unit was established, and cannot be repaired.

An unstable surface where the unit or lean pulls in cold weather, or worse, when in fact the buckles in places due to the spring season, tree roots or other catastrophic event, committed thawing on the surface. Repair only to a situation like this is to replace the entire entry.


As obvious, after making repairs to the road, brush or squeegee sealant on top. You can seal cracks quickly, but the holes and depressions need time to heal first. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but generally, the depressions may be sealed in about 24 hours. The holes may be sealed within 12 to 36 hours. Then heal holes allow an additional two to five days before sealing the entire entry, according to the manufacturer’s instructions for the type of sealant used.


Never let weeds or debris from a crack or hole. Not obtain adequate adhesion of patching means. Do not use a torch to seal cracks. Asphalt is petroleum-based sealant as it is, so all accomplished with a torch to burn the sealer and possibly start a fire.

Sealants are not made to patch the holes. If you fill a crack sealant, initially it may look good, but the crack will appear. It is the only way to seal cracks with a rubber compound, and the only way to fill holes or depressions with asphalt cold-pressed.

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