How To Fix Asphalt Driveway Damage In 3 Simple Steps

Over the years, extreme weather and frequent use of your driveway will cause a fair amount of wear and tear. You will start noticing potholes and cracks along the surface that are out of your control. You might think that fixing the damage will cost you a lot of money for a professional to come out to your home and do it for you. You may be surprised to learn that you can fix asphalt damage yourself in only 3 simple steps.

Tools & Materials

Before you get started, you will need to gather the following tools and materials. Anything you do not have can be purchased from a local home improvement store.

  • Broom
  • Shovel
  • Putty knife
  • Tamper
  • Asphalt mix

1. Clean The Driveway

If debris is allowed to mix with the patch you will be creating, the entire repair will look horrible and have trouble curing properly. That is why it is important to give your driveway a thorough cleaning before starting the repair job.

Start by using a broom to clear away all of the loose debris that has collected on your asphalt driveway. Then you can use a hose, or even a power washer, to get rid of any dirt that is stuck to the surface. Give yourself plenty of time to let the asphalt dry before moving on with the repair. Water on the surface of the asphalt can make the patch weak.

2. Fill All Potholes And Cracks

Follow the manufacture's direction to mix the new asphalt for the patch. You will need to use the putty knife when applying the asphalt into the deepest crevices of your potholes and cracks. If there are pockets of air on the bottom, the patch will not be strong and will eventually crack again. You can fill in the remainder of the hole with a shovel.

3. Tamper Down The Asphalt

Once the asphalt has filled the hole, you can use a tamper to help compress the asphalt. You want the asphalt to be flush with the existing asphalt so that it appears seamless. The tighter you are able to compress the asphalt into the hole, the more stable it will be in the end.

It will take approximately 48 hours for the asphalt patch to dry, but reference the directions on your asphalt mix for more specific drying times.

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