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Most damage to asphalt is progressive; it seldom goes bad in a day or a week, for example. The first trouble signal is a whitish spot on a normally black background. After this initial stage, the asphalt will start to fissure and crack. Next will come little, and then big, potholes.
You should renew the asphalt surface about every three years, or when the surface begins to appear whitish, worn, or cracked. Depending on the climate in your area, this timeframe may vary – from 18 months to four or five years. In the South – Florida, for example – asphalt surfaces need attention about once a year because of excessive heat and rainfall. And hard winters with lots of snow and freezing and thawing, can destroy the asphalt even if it was in good repair before the snow. Running a snowplow blade over the surface is also hard on the asphalt.
Asphalt driveway repair and renewal are easy projects for any homeowner and/or do-it-yourselfer. However, the asphalt has to be already in place, i.e., you are not going to install an asphalt surface over a concrete or gravel base. If you plan to resurface a driveway or walkway with asphalt, this project should be done professionally. Specialized equipment is needed to prepare the base, apply the asphalt, and roll it to a satisfactory smooth surface.
But for basic asphalt driveway repair and renewal, this guide is for you. This guide will teach you what you need to know, including the things that you need to buy and how you’re going to use them.
- Tool & material checklist
- Preparing surfaces
- Fissures, cracks, potholes
- Patching procedures
- Applying dressing
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