Asphalt Driveway Repair Tips: When to Fix a Driveway

Repairing your driveway may be a simple weekend do it yourself project, or it could be a project beyond the talents of the weekend warrior repairman.

To make that judgment means assessing the damage on your driveway.

 When to Fix Asphalt:

  • Small cracks that are 1-3 inches wide
  • Narrow cracks that maybe filled with caulk
  • Tiny depressed areas that fill with water during rainfall

Chuckholes and Potholes

These are the most difficult asphalt repairs. Unless you are experienced it is probably best to avoid using hot-mix to patch your driveway. Hot-patch can be dangerous to handle. Cold patch works well enough for small repairs such as smaller chuckholes or potholes that are a few inches wide.

The fix may last for several years if applied properly. For this type of repair a prime of emulsified asphalt liquid is recommended. Priming allows the new materials to bond with the old.

This is when to call a professional:

  • There multiple potholes in your driveway
  • You feel uncomfortable making a repair

Anytime you feel uncomfortable or unsafe when making repairs it is best to contact a professional. Asphalt materials maybe hazardous if not handled properly.

There are some other signs that your driveway needs more than a few fixes. If your car leaves impressions in the driveway from parking overnight then it indicates that the driveway was not installed properly. If the driveway alters in size or shape in cold or hot weather then it does not drain properly. Either of these problems require a total replacement.

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