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Do you have a driveway? Do you own an apartment building or a rental property with a parking lot? Do you own a business with a patio? Do you manage a small town or a parks department? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may occasionally need to hire a paving company to provide paving services for you. These companies can do anything from small paths and patios to large parking lots. They can put in plain gray concrete or dress it up with acid stains, etchings, and more. All the options can be overwhelming, but this blog is here to help. Enjoy.


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How To Prepare For And Complete Repairs To Your Asphalt Pavement

by Kathy Knight

Asphalt pavement is a flexible material that can provide you a solid and durable surface for your driveway or other paved area. Keeping your asphalt in good repair helps it to last many years longer and provides you a paved surface free of mud and dirt for your vehicles. Here are some tips to help you prepare for and complete necessary maintenance on your asphalt pavement.

Repair Cracks

As the asphalt's surface ages, cracks appear as it begins to dry out and oxidize from the sun and weather. Within these cracks, it is common for vegetation such as weeds and grasses to grow. If you leave the vegetation, it will continue to grow in the cracks, causing them to enlarge and further damage your asphalt.

You can remove the vegetation from your asphalt's cracks in several different ways. Remove the vegetation from the cracks by digging them out with the end of a sharp tool, such as a screw driver, garden trowel, or shovel edge. You can find a special asphalt crack cleaning tool in the asphalt repair area of your local home improvement store. Or you can use a propane torch to burn the vegetation. Just be sure you don't burn or melt the asphalt while you do this.

Depending on the size of the crack, you can use a liquid asphalt filler or a cold mix repair compound. Clean out the cracks of any dirt or debris so when you fill them with an asphalt cold patch or liquid filler, the patch will adhere to the interior of the crack and won't later crumble and fall out.

Apply Protective Sealcoat

A sealcoating layer is a great way to restore your asphalt's durable qualities, including its flexibility and moisture-barrier to prevent cracking and erosion. Many homeowners skip on this protective treatment every few years and their asphalt will slowly oxidize and dry out, resulting in a network of cracks and potholes. It is best to hire a professional asphalt repair service to apply the tar emulsion sealcoating, but you can prepare the surface of your asphalt by cleaning it and removing debris and vehicle fluids.

The best way to clean your asphalt is by using an asphalt cleaner or a degreaser cleaning solution. Apply the cleaner and scrub it with a long-handled brush and water. Rinse the cleaner from the surface of the asphalt with your garden hose or a pressure washer. This also allows you to rinse dirt and other silt that has settled into the cracks. Allow the pavement to dry thoroughly before the sealcoating is applied.