5 Takeaways That I Learned About Driveways

DIY Asphalt Resurfacing

Are you in search of another Do It Yourself skill that you can add to your list?

If you have only tried small projects indoors, asphalt resurfacing can be a little challenging to you. But don’t be afraid. Asphalt resurfacing is actually an easy task as long as your driveway is not in a bad condition.

And what’s better than knowing that resurfacing with asphalt only costs little!

Whether you are concerned with the costs or just want to improve how your driveway looks, you must take note of this steps. After All, you will be surprised as to what the results will show you.

First Step: Set your driveway

Before fixing anything, cleaning properly is a must to prepare the driveway. You have to free the are from dust, debris, water, and vegetation. There will be weeds that you will find on the asphalt. Remove them first. It will be easier if you will remove it with the use of the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe. Afterwards, the dirt can be removed with a stiff bristled broom or maybe a leaf blower if you have.

You can also make use of a hose to spray down the driveway. Whichever of the mentioned methods of cleaning you choose, just see to it that the driveway is completely dry before the fixing. Because asphalt can get into the cracks and trap the moisture.

So if ever you choose to clean with a hose, it has to be on a really sunny day and wait for at least twenty-four hours before restoring.

Second Step: Restoration

Now that the area is already free from all the dirt, you can already start pouring into the holes and cracks. A liquid filler can be used if the holes don’t exceed half an inch long. Pour the asphalt into the hole, overfilling a little after the nozzle found on top of the filler has been cut.

You can also make use of a putty knife or paste filler for larger holes. Then, you can use a trowel to polish the edges. Don’t forget to check the larger hole if it goes beyond the last layer of asphalt before pouring. And if it does, you will have to pour sand or gravel so that it will not be that deep.

Third Step: Prepare the resurfacer
Never skip buying a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives. It is very helpful for flexibility. Mix and blend the resurfacer properly before using.

Fourth Step: Applying the resurfacer
After conditioning the resurfacer, it can now be used for application. A paintbrush can be used for application. Start at the edges. What you do next is to get a squeegee and apply the resurfacer into coats. Use a back and forth motion.

Summary of Asphalt Resurfacing

Alas! You were successful in asphalt resurfacing. Whatever excess material you have can be recycled.