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 Patch Asphalt And Concrete


You don't have to have any experience working with concrete or asphalt to repair small cracks in your driveway. Cracks are inevitable, but they are nonetheless annoying. Not only do they look bad, they could be a tripping hazard on your driveway. If you are playing basketball or skateboarding on your driveway, you want to fill in the cracks as soon as you notice them. This article explains the best tools and techniques for filling small cracks in both asphalt and concrete driveways.

Patching Asphalt

Asphalt sealcoating is easy to work with, but it can be messy. Basically, it comes in large tubs. When you use sealcoating to patch holes and cracks, it does not need to be heated. Just make sure you invested in a cold formula mixture. The technique for patching asphalt is unique. You basically want to pour it onto the top of your asphalt and cover a large swatch of the cracked area. That is, you aren't just filling the crack. You are basically patching a large area over the crack. You will need a large rubber squeegee (broom styles work the best) to spread the asphalt around before it dries. The patch dries very quickly because it has adhesive built into the mixture.

Patching Concrete

First of all, if you happened to do the work yourself when original pouring the concrete, you don't want to use the same mix that you used. That is, you don't want to fill small holes with normal concrete mix. You want to use special patch or crack filler to fix small blemishes. These products are specially infused with adhesives that allow the filler to stick and permanently bond with old concrete. If you just fill in the crack with Portland cement, it is going to crumble away over time.

Since crack filler has adhesive mixed into it, it has a different consistency and is much stickier than traditional cement. You can find concrete crack filler that actually comes in caulk tubes. This is definitely the most convenient way for getting deep penetration into small cracks. The key to filling concrete, unlike when patching asphalt, is to not put any patch over the top of the surface. That is, just fill in the crack to the top, and level it out, making it as flat as possible.

Fixing cracks in asphalt and concrete is easy. Both processes are straightforward if you have the right materials. Contact a company, like Imperial Paving, if you have any cracks that are too large to be fixed on you own.


28 October 2017