Asphalt is the most common pavement repair product for asphalt driveways and walkways. Although this material is tough and durable, it will still give in to forces of nature and crack. It would be best if you repaired these cracks and dips the soonest possible to avoid more damage.
Here is a step-by-step process on how to go about it.
Fixing Smaller Cracks Less than 1/2 inch
1. Start by buying asphalt crack repair emulsion made of rubber.
2. Apply carefully to avoid staining the unaffected area with filler. A caulking gun is much more effective and accurate. If you can’t get one, pour the emulsion directly into the crack.
3. Smooth and level the surface of the crack with a putty knife or a metal trowel. You can also level the crack with your thumb. Wear rubber gloves before attempting that.
4. Leave the filler to dry as stated in the package wrapper directions before walking or driving on the area. Different manufacturers have diverse guidelines for their products.
Fixing Larger Asphalt Cracks
1. To fill cracks deeper than two inches, follow the same process above. But you have to fill the crack first, up to the half-inch mark before using the asphalt filler emulsion. Crushed angular gravel is preferred over pea gravel because it does not shift quickly, offering adequate base support.
2. The next step is compacting the gravel. Tamp the sand using a steel tamper or a wooden post.
3. Fill the crack with a cold process repair emulsion as in the first step. Compact the repair area again with a steel tamper or a four-by-four wooden post.
4. Repeat the process until you get to the 1/2 inch mark. Add blacktop asphalt repair emulsion and level the area.
5. Let the repair cure as stipulated by the manufacturer before driving or walking on it again.
Fix Your Asphalt Cracks Today
Asphalt crack repairs can enhance your driveway or parking lot and also extend its life. Perfect repairs require professional consultation and intervention. Feel free to contact us today at DC Paving & Sealcoating for professional help.