Asphalt surfaces, such as driveways and parking lots, will often develop small potholes and cracks over time as a result of being exposed to fluctuating temperatures. Thankfully, repairing this minor damage is often much easier than many people think. In fact, with the help of the step-by-step guide below, you will be able to complete this repair yourself in just three easy steps.
Your Supply List
- cold asphalt
- large bucket or other container to mix asphalt in
- heavy duty mixing paddle
- stiff bristled broom
- hand tamper
Step 1: Clean It
Begin by removing all debris from the area you will be repairing. This can be done by using a stiff bristled broom to remove all loose debris from both inside and around the potholes you will be filling.
This step is very important, as any debris that is left behind could mix with your new asphalt materials and prevent them from curing properly. So, be sure to take your time and make sure all of the dirt and other debris is gone before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Fill It
Next, mix your asphalt according to the instructions that accompany the product. The mixture may be different depending on the manufacturer, so it is important to check this. Once the asphalt mixture is ready, pour the asphalt into each pothole until it forms a mound that is a few inches taller than the surrounding surface.
It is important to ensure each pothole is overflowing with asphalt to ensure there is enough material to completely fill the hole once it has been compressed. Therefore, if you are in doubt, it is always better to add a bit more asphalt than to find that you don't have enough. Remember, excess material can always be removed using a putty knife, but adding more asphalt later in the process could prevent your repair patch from curing properly, because different levels of the patch will be drying at different rates.
Step 3: Compress It
Finally, you will need to tightly compress the asphalt inside of each pothole. This can be done using a hand tamper to apply pressure to each repair patch.
The tighter you are able to compress the asphalt, the longer your repair patch will last. Therefore, you should always be prepared to use all of your upper body strength when performing this final step.
A Final Thought
Not all asphalt damage is created equally. While potholes that are less than a few inches wide or deep can be easily repaired using the method described above, larger potholes and other severe damage will require the use of hot asphalt and heavy equipment in order to be repaired properly. Therefore, you should always contact a reputable asphalt contractor, such as Star Paving, when dealing with this type of serious damage.