Just like any other aspect of your property, the value of your asphalt driveway can also fade away with time due to excessive use. When an asphalt driveway is maintained poorly, it becomes inefficient and develops cracks and potholes.
Filling cracks in your asphalt driveway is also important when it comes to increasing its lifespan. If the cracks in your driveway are not taken care of timely, they can lead to unnecessary accidents as well as reduce the life of your existing asphalt. Moreover, if water seeps into these cracks, it can give rise to vegetation damaging the surface of your driveway permanently. Hence, if you spot any cracks on your drive, call a professional immediately to fix it. Here are a few tips on how to repair asphalt driveway cracks to get you started:
1) Clear the Dust
Before sealing the cracks, it is important to make sure that the affected area is as clean and smooth as possible so that the sealant adheres easily. Start the process by removing any broken piece of asphalt that is obstructing the cracks by using a hammer or a chisel. Once removed, use a wire brush to dislodge the debris inside the crack.
If all the dust inside the cracks of asphalt is removed, use a compressed air gun or a shop vac to get rid of all the loose or small dust particles on your driveway. If you do not have either an air gun or a shop vac or are not sure about its usage, it is recommended to consult a pavement expert to clean your driveway thoroughly and repair the cracks.
2) Seal the Cracks
If you are considering repairing the cracks with a sealant, use a self-adhesive asphalt repair seal. Sealing your driveway protects it from natural elements like UV rays that have the ability to damage your driveway. Hence, pour the sealant carefully on the cracks and use a trowel to smoothen the surface. Also, make sure that when you are wearing rubber gloves while applying the sealant. Once the application is complete, let the sealed area dry for a longer period of time.
3) Remove the Snow
Snow removal needs to be prompt, thorough and timely. Failure to do this can result in problems for your driveway that can further damage the asphalt. When snow is not removed on time, it starts melting and flows down the cracks of your driveway. If this water seeps into the surface, it re-freezes and stays there for a really long time. When there is moisture buildup in the cracks, the surface of your driveway starts eroding.
Driveway cracks are often caused due to irregular snow removal or heavy traffic that exerts tremendous pressure on the asphalt surface. If these asphalt cracks have become wide and deep and cannot be repaired by the application of a sealant, then it’s highly recommended to hire a professional to fix them as soon as possible. A professional will inspect these cracks thoroughly and determine their root cause. He will also make sure that the cracks are avoided even in the future.
Keep in these tips on how to repair asphalt driveway cracks in mind to keep your driveway safe and smooth all year round. In case these cracks cannot be repaired manually, consult our experts to schedule a complete maintenance check for your asphalt pavement today.