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 Repair Asphalt Cracks


Repairing cracks in asphalt is very easy if you have the right tools and crack filler. One of the most important steps in crack pair is cleaning the asphalt so the surface will bond with whatever crack filler you use. If you are looking for the fastest and most cost effective way to fill an asphalt crack, use a cold formula filler. Some experts will suggest that warm formula crack fillers are more effective, but they are much more difficult to apply. This article explains how to clean and patch asphalt cracks with cold formula fillers.

Cleaning the Area

The most effective tool for cleaning asphalt is a pressure washer. Since asphalt is so porous, it can absorb a lot of dirt and grime. Also, since asphalt is black, it might be very difficult to even see all this dirt and grime. You want to clean the top surface of the perimeter of the crack, but also you need to clean out the actual crack. If you have a heavy duty shop vacuum, this might be the best way to suck out dirt that is inside the crack. You can also use TSP (trisodium phosphate) to help break up dirt and get the asphalt cleaner.

Applying the Filler

Applying cold formula asphalt crack filler is very simple because it comes premixed in pourable bottles. However you can make your filled cracks look better by taping them off. This way you can create straight edges that will look cleaner when they dry. Tape off a few inches on each side of the crack. Keep the taped off area an even width so the filled cracks at least look uniform. This also helps control the overflow so the job doesn't get too messy. You also need a squeegee to spread the filler and make sure it completely fills in the crack. If you are doing a large-scale crack repair, you might want to invest in a squeegee broom. This will allow you to spread the filler without having to bend over so much. Pour the filler directly into the crack until is starts to overflow. Then, immediately spread it around with the squeegee. You will need to wait for the filler to dry and then apply a second coat.

Filling asphalt cracks is something you should do before they grow any bigger. The longer you wait, the more difficult and expensive the job becomes, so don't wait too long.


19 May 2016