DIY projects can often seem overwhelming, but repairing your asphalt doesn’t have to be. In certain cases, it’s a good idea to call a professional to repair your asphalt, but in some cases you can save some money by making your own repairs.
What Are the Different Types of Asphalt Damage?
Before we discuss how you can repair your asphalt, let’s discuss what might cause asphalt damage in the first place.
Spiderweb cracks usually start small, but as weight and pressure are continually placed on them, they grow. A fully-developed spiderweb crack usually indicates that it’s time for a driveway replacement.
Shallow potholes often occur in damp locations with constant rainfall. The constant expansion of water underneath the pavement causes the asphalt to weaken. When the asphalt weakens, it begins wearing away, leaving a small hole in its place.
Not only are potholes annoying and uncomfortable to drive over, but they can also grow into sinkholes. Sinkholes are deep enough and harsh enough to damage your vehicle if left unattended. They are often called “bird baths” because they fill with water after a rainfall, forming small pools in your asphalt driveway.
Over time, your driveway’s curb will likely begin to crumble from the force of vehicles rolling over it. Proper maintenance can prevent permanent crumbling.
Tips for DIY Asphalt Repair
What does proper asphalt maintenance look like, and can you do it yourself? You certainly can. Make small asphalt repairs and prevent large problems from occurring by taking the following precautions.
Sealcoat your asphalt.
If you are in the process of replacing your asphalt driveway, your paving contractor will probably recommend investing in a driveway sealant. Ice, sun, rain, and wind can all take a toll on your asphalt. Sealcoating provides a protective layer between your asphalt and potential contaminants. Even if your driveway is a few years old, you can buy DIY seal coating kits at an affordable price.
Watch for oil and chemical spills.
Check for fluid leaks underneath your vehicles, and clean your driveway often. Harsh fluids can compromise the integrity of your asphalt, causing cracks and erosions.
Check your driveway regularly for cracks and holes.
If you notice small cracks, holes, or crumbles forming, use an asphalt crack filler to prevent them from spreading.
Keep repair materials on hand.
Even if your asphalt is currently intact, it is a good idea to keep repair materials (squeegee, crack filler, sealant, cleaner, etc.) on hand. This prevents any “emergency runs” and increases the likelihood of regular asphalt maintenance.
When Should You Call a Professional?
If small cracks have developed into spiderwebs, your curb is crumbling beyond recognition, or your driveway is past its lifespan, pick your battles. Try not to dump money into repairs that will eventually result in a replacement anyway. Call a paving professional for any major asphalt repairs or for an estimate on a driveway replacement.
Let Walt’s Paving Help!
You can count on Walt’s Paving to complete your residential or commercial paving project in an efficient and timely manner. We have over 40 years of experience paving asphalt driveways, making asphalt repairs, and seal coating asphalt. We are located in Osceola IN and service homeowners and businesses within 50 miles of Elkhart IN. Call us today.