How To Choose And Use The Right Asphalt Repair Materials

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When your asphalt driveway or private roadway on your property begin to show their age and wear with oxidation, cracks, and potholes, it is time to make the repairs necessary to keep your asphalt's surface intact. As your asphalt surface is exposed to weather, sunlight, and traffic, it can begin to deteriorate to the point where it will need its entire surface replaced, so take care to repair it as the cracks and holes form. Here are some tips about the proper materials you need to repair some common types of asphalt damage.

Repairing Cracks

Before you can repair and fill any cracks in your asphalt, be sure to clean them of any debris, dirt, rocks, and vegetation growth. Use a propane torch to burn away vegetation growth to make its removal easier with a shovel or garden spade. You can also scrape dirt and vegetation from cracks with the tip of a screw driver.

When repairing cracks, the size of the crack can determine the type of filler and patch material you will need to use for the repair. Asphalt crack fillers come in a tube of liquid material that you squeeze into the crack, filling the smallest-sized cracks. The liquid filler will automatically level itself as you squeeze it into each crack.

Cracks that are larger and can be packed with the repair material using a trowel should be filled with a cold mix patching material. Use a small hand shovel or trowel to scoop, pack, and level it within each large crack. Use a hand tamp to compress the top of each repair level with its surrounding surfaces.

Repairing Potholes

When your asphalt's cracks have grown to the point they have allowed chunks of asphalt to break off and create a hole on the surface, sometimes down to the subsoil beneath the asphalt, repair them as soon as possible. It is important to first, remove any debris from inside the pothole so the interior is clean of rocks and vegetation. It can be helpful to clean up the edges of the pothole by using the edge of a sharp shovel to cut them smooth or use a concrete saw to cut straight new edges around the hole.

You can find pothole cold mix patch sold in bags at most home improvement stores. This type of mixture can be poured, layered, and compacted right into the pothole until it is level with the surrounding surface. If you have a large number of potholes that need filling on your asphalt surface, it can be beneficial to order a truckload of hot mix asphalt from a paving company to fill all of them. The hot mix asphalt may cost a bit more but will create a more durable repair than the cold mix, so the extra cost will be justified. 

Use this information to help you select and use the right materials to repair your asphalt's cracks and potholes. To learn more, contact a company like Roklin Systems Incorporated

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