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Repairing Cracks And Holes In An Asphalt Patio

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If the asphalt patio on your property has small cracks and holes in its surface, learn how to repair them with the following steps. Once you have patched the asphalt, add a coat of sealer over its surface to protect the patio from additional damage.

Materials

  • water hose
  • scrub brush
  • detergent
  • putty knife
  • asphalt crack filler 
  • gravel
  • small shovel
  • cold asphalt patch
  • tamping tool
  • trowel
  • asphalt sealer
  • paint roller
  • roller frame
  • paint tray

Clean The Patio And Fill Cracks

Spray the patio off with a water hose. Use a scrub brush and soapy water to loosen and eliminate stains. Remove broken asphalt pieces by hand. If any pieces of asphalt are stuck inside of some holes in the patio, use a putty knife to assist with pulling them out. Wait for the patio's surface to dry completely. Place the end of a tube of asphalt filler in the cracks in the asphalt and squeeze a thin, even line of the product until they are filled. Use a putty knife to level out the asphalt filler with the rest of the patio. The filler will take a few hours to dry.

Fill In The Holes

Add a thin layer of gravel to the bottom of each hole. Use a small shovel to fill the holes with asphalt patch. After the holes are filled, apply the flat part of a tamping tool on top of the holes to compress the asphalt patch. Smooth the edges of the asphalt with a trowel until they are uniform with the rest of the patio. The patch will begin to cure as it comes into contact with the air. Wait several hours for it to harden before moving on to the next step.

Add A Couple Coats Of Sealer

Pour asphalt sealer into a paint tray. Dip a paint roller into the tray until it is coated with the sealer. Add the sealer in straight lines, beginning in one corner of the patio. Move over and continue adding the sealer until the entire patio is covered. Wait a full day for the sealer to dry. If any areas are not evenly covered with the sealer, add a second coat.

The sealer will provide the patio with a uniform color that resembles freshly poured asphalt. You will no longer need to worry about damage occurring to the patio when it is exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures. Add a new coat of sealer every few years to continue to keep the asphalt protected. If you need help, contact Superior Asphalt Paving Inc.


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