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Tips For Managing Asphalt Driveway Damage

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Did winter weathering result in cracked asphalt? The problem often starts with a small, nearly invisible crack. Water makes its way into the crack, where it then freezes and expands. This results to a larger crack and more extensive damage. Fortunately, it is often possible to repair the damage if you catch it before it becomes too extensive. The following tips can help you control the crack and prevent further issues.

Tip #1: Keep it clean

Weeds and grass can take root in a crack, slowly forcing it wider. If the crack is narrow, douse the weeds with boiling water or a weed killer. Don't pull them, since the roots may be quite extensive and can cause further damage. Once the weeds are dead, use a screwdriver, file, or other narrow tools to scrape the weeds out of the crack. 

Tip #2: Pack it with sand

 If you are planning on a professional repair down the road, take some temporary measures to keep weeds and moisture from wreaking havoc on the crack. Pack the crack with loose sand. Weeds generally won't root in sand, and the sand also prevents the crack from filling with water. When you re ready for a repair, the sand can be brushed out of the way.

Tip #3: Avoid heavy weight

Weight can also worsen a crack. Even more alarming, too much weight applied unevenly could result in the asphalt settling so that  one side of the crack sits higher than the other. If possible, avoid parking a vehicle on top of the cracked area or right next to the damage. The wider the berth you can give the damage, the better.

Tip #4: Repair it yourself

Not all repairs are extensive. You can purchase asphalt crack filler from any home improvement or hardware store. First, make sure the crack is completely cleaned out. Next, squeeze the filler into the crack, filling it up to the top. The filler will settle as it cures. Once dry, add a bit more filler to slightly above the level of the surrounding drive, and then scrape off the excess to level it with a putty knife. Although not invisible, this repair will prevent any further concerns with the crack.

You can always have an asphalt contractor come out at a later time to resurface the driveway. They will apply a thin layer of fresh asphalt over the entire surface, which makes the driveway look new and disguises any crack repairs. Contact a business, such as Star Paving, for more information. 

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1 March 2016