Driveway resurfacing is a do-it-yourself task that has multiple benefits to you. Resurfacing, or sealing your asphalt every 2-3 years can extend the lifespan of your driveway, up to an additional 10 years. Not only does this save you money, it will add to your curb appeal and property value. You property is probably the biggest investment you have. Maintaining your driveway will keep your property intact and money in your wallet.
Resurfacing your driveway will add a top layer of asphalt over the existing surface. This protective layer will slow the oxidization process and give your asphalt a clean appearance. Driveway resurfacing should be done every 2-3 years, when you see your asphalt start to turn gray.
Do It Yourself
Let’s go over a few of the simple steps in basic driveway repair and preparation, and asphalt driveway sealing. You can learn more about asphalt care with our free step-by-step homeowners asphalt course.
Asphalt is made up of rock, sand, tar and bitumen. It has the consistency of dense, dark liquid. The rock and sand give asphalt its strength. This component gives asphalt the ability to withstand heavy traffic.
Driveway resurfacing is important because of the properties of the tar and bitumen. The tar and bitumen in asphalt give it its flexible properties. The tar and bitumen allow the asphalt to move with temperature changes and the varying weights of vehicles.
Over time, the sun dries the tar and bitumen. You can tell when this is happening, because your driveway will start to turn gray.
Without a protective sealant every 2-3 years, the tar and bitumen will lose their flexible capacity, and cracks will form. As time goes on, moisture will enter the cracks. At this point, without repair and driveway resurfacing, freezing temperatures will force the cracks wider, causing further erosion.
Potholes and depressions form as a result of unrepaired cracks and lack of seal coating on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean cracks, potholes and depressions can’t be fixed. However, to keep costs down and the life of your driveway extended, repairing and seal coating your asphalt is a must.
The first step in crack repair is thorough cleaning and removal of debris, grass and weeds. You can use a screwdriver, metal-bristle brush or our Crack Cleaning Machine.
Preparation of cracks, potholes and depressions is important in driveway resurfacing:
- Cracks smaller than ½-inch can be filled with a cold pour crack filler.
- For larger cracks, remove all the debris, grass and weeds from the crack. Fill the crack with sand, up to ½-inch from the edge. Fill the rest of the crack with a hot pour crackfiller. You can melt the filler in a kettle or use our Hot Crack Fill Applicator Melter.
Cleaning Your Asphalt Surface
Your asphalt prep should include cleaning and degreasing your driveway surface. Gas and oil stains need to be removed, because they will eat through your seal coat and damage your driveway resurfacing.
Use a degreaser to clean and prep your asphalt. Our Universal Cleanser Degreaser is a biodegradable product that removes gas and oil stains.
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