Asphalt can crack and get gouged over the years from shifting soil, growing branches and normal auto traffic. You will often see asphalt that is patched with ugly crack filler. Fixing asphalt with crack filler is a temporary solution and it does not look nice. It is much better to resurface a whole area, instead of just covering the cracks. Even resurfacing an area as big as a two-car garage driveway is possible if you have the right tools. This article shows you how fix asphalt and what materials work best for a permanent and aesthetic repair.
Use Asphalt Resurfacer
Asphalt resurfacer, like many concert products, is sold in large bags. This mixture just needs to be mixed with water. Mixing large batches of asphalt resurfacer will be very tiring if you don't have power tools. You can buy a simple concrete mixing attachment for standard cordless drills that will speed up the mixing process. Asphalt resurfacer is smoother and runnier than concrete mix. Add the suggested amount of water and mixture to a 5 gallon bucket as you mix with the drill.
Applying and Spreading the Resurfacer
Before you apply the asphalt mixture to the damaged area, you should thoroughly sweep it to remove any debris and dirt. First, pour the mixture directly onto the ground. Use a squeegee with a long handle (these are common at most DIY stores) to immediately spread it around. Asphalt resurfacer is self-leveling so it is rather easy to spread it evenly. Work with the asphalt and make sure it is thick enough. Around cracks the asphalt can sink and soak into the ground beneath.When you get to the edges of the area you are patching, try to slightly taper it off. This means that the edges of you new asphalt will be a little rounded, which prevents them from chipping at the edges.
Sweep the excess mixture into an empty bucket so it can be discarded. Don't just push it off the side of you asphalt where it can kill the grass or shrubbery. Likewise, it can dry onto any adjoining surface and stain it.
This job is actually easier than trying to fix each individual crack. It definitely results in a more durable surface as well. Your clothes and shoes will get dirty, but it is well worth! You asphalt will have a new, richer black color and it will be all the more durable and ready to resist more cracking.