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.

Small Asphalt Walkway Uneven? Replace It And Decorate It

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If you have a small asphalt walkway for your home and it is uneven, it not only looks bad, but it is also a trip hazard for you and your family. In many cases, the walkway is uneven because the base underneath it is uneven. Replacing the walkway is likely the best thing to do. When you finish, you can decorate it to make it look unique.

Replace the Walkway

Break up the old walkway using a sledge hammer or other tool and then remove the pieces. Sweep away any small pieces left behind.

When everything is cleared out, measure the dimensions of the walkway, and take the dimensions to a home improvement store. The clerk there can help you calculate the amount of asphalt you will need. You will also need to purchase the same amount of gravel to use as the base. You can find asphalt in different colors, such as brick, gray, brown, or black.

Stake out the walkway using sticks and string. Put approximately three inches of gravel on top of the soil. This will be your foundation. You have to tamp down the gravel when you finish. You can do this with a tamping tool that can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores. Use a rake to evenly spread the gravel.

Mix the asphalt according to the directions, and then pour it over the gravel. Use a rake to even out the asphalt.

Decorate The Walkway

Right after you pour the asphalt, you can decorate it before it dries. There are colored chips that you can purchase at home improvement stores that are sprinkled over the asphalt.

You can also purchase decorative mats to stamp a design onto the pathway to make it look unique. You can find mats in a variety of colors and patterns. Lay the mats onto the surface. As you go, make sure they are even. Start at the top and work your way down the walkway. When you are finished, let the mats completely dry, which generally takes two or three days. After this time, put a sealer over the stamps. This will protect them from the weather and sun.

You must lay the mats before the asphalt dries, so have the design all planned out beforehand.

If you are unsure how to replace the pathway and stamp it, you should hire a professional contractor to do this for you to ensure it is done properly. Click here to learn more from a go to website.

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17 May 2016