Run-down driveways are not only an eye sore but also
reduce the value of your property almost instantly. A
little care, cleaning, polishing and maintenance from time
to time will not only keep your home shining for many
years but will also be cost-effective in the long run. And
you can avoid all the unnecessary expenses of hiring a
contractor for major repairs. Skid marks and oil and
petrol stains can damage asphalt and discolor your
pavement. A small crack if not repaired immediately can
develop into a major fault on which you will have to spend
a lot of money. A coat of rich black colored premium
driveway resurfacing product can give a new lease of life
to your cherished driveway. Though asphalt driveways are
extremely durable, over a period of time the surface can
become pitted and cracked. Cracks are the gateway to a
deteriorating driveway. Water will seep through these
cracks and the freeze and thaw cycle will widen the
cracks. Here are a few suggestions on repairing your
cracks use latex crack sealers that can be poured into
these cracks to seal them.
larger holes use an asphalt patch mix to seal.
can be filled with filler that is commonly known as cold
cracks, holes and potholes are filled and sealed, level
the driveway. Then coat the driveway with driveway sealer.
Most sealers are coal tar based. Acrylic based sealers are
an applicator with a brush on one side of the head and a
squeegee on the other.
Preparing the Driveway
maintenance products on your driveway when, the weather is
warm and there in no rain forecast for the next few days.
The driveway will take a few days to dry and set properly.
not to use the driveway for the time required to repair
prepare the edges of the pavement, where the asphalt meets
the lawn. Remove grass that is encroaching on to the
driveway, using a flat spade to dig it out.
off oil stains using a soap and water solution. For a
stubborn spot use driveway cleaning solution. Wash the
area with water and let it dry completely.
the driveway is right next to the garage or house
foundation mask the area to prevent the driveway sealer
from blackening the walls.
large hole on the driveway with asphalt patch and potholes
with cold patch.
a screwdriver to clean the cracks of debris. Vacuum the
crack and fill it with crack filler following
manufacturers instructions. Smoothen the surface of the
that the driveway sealer is of uniform consistency before
applying it. Pour the sealer onto a section of driveway.
Using the squeegee side of the applicator spread the
sealer across the pavement. The use the brush side of the
applicator to smoothen the sealer and remove the ridges
made by the squeegee.
the sealer to dry according to manufacturers instructions.
If the driveway has not been resurfaced, it is better to
apply a second coat.
the driveway to dry completely before you use it. Normally
you should allow the sealer to dry for 48 hours before
using the driveway.