Improving Your Hardscaping

After I realized that our back porch was chipping apart, I decided that I needed to work a little harder to make things right. I started carefully analyzing the area, and I realized that the concrete needed to be completely removed and re-poured. I knew that asphalt work was beyond my comfort level, so I decided to call in a professional contractor to do the work. It was amazing to watch them work, and when they were finished our yard looked brand new. This blog is all about improving your hardscaping by replacing old, cracked, or discolored asphalt or concrete paving.

How To Quickly Fix Small Cracks In Your Driveway

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If you have a concrete driveway, filling in the small cracks is one of the maintenance tasks you need to complete this spring to keep your driveway in good shape this year. 

Search For Cracks

First, you need to go and walk over your driveway, looking for any cracks that need to be filled. You may want to mark all the cracks you find so it is easier to find them again. You can outline them with chalk, or set a cone next to them so you can spot them again.

Remove Loose Debris From The Cracks

Second, you need to go back to each crack you identified and remove any loose debris, such as broken concrete, from the cracks. You can loosen and dislodge any damaged concrete using a simple screwdriver. To get everything out of the crack, you'll want to follow up with a wire brush after you remove the larger pieces. 

Clean Around The Crack

Third, you'll want to clean in and around the crack to ensure that you have a safe work environment. You can do this by sweeping around the cracks or you can use a leaf blower to clean off your entire driveway. You don't want any dirt particles left inside or around the cracks. If your driveway is really dirty, you may need to wash it off with a hose or pressure washer before you continue to the next step. 

Fill The Crack

Fourth, it is time to fill the cracks. You will need to purchase caulk that is designed specifically for concrete. You will want need a putty knife and screwdriver. If you have cracks that are wider than your finger, you'll also want to purchase a foam backer rod to stuff into the cracks.

For thin cracks that are not wider than a finger, all you need to do is squeeze caulk designed for putty into the cracks. Use your putty knife to spread the putty and push it into the cracks. 

For cracks that are wider than a finger, you'll want to put a foam backer rod into the crack. This will help effectively seal the crack and will allow a solid surface to be created when you fill the crack. Measure the crack and use that measurement to cut the foam backer rod down to size. Once you have pushed the foam backer rod into place, apply the cement caulk using the putty knife like you did before.

Allow the putty to dry completely before you use your driveway again. Check again in about a week and make sure all the filled cracks settled properly. Contact a company like Arrow Blacktop & Masonry Inc for more information.  

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17 May 2016