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Asphalt Driveway Crack Repair Made Easy: How to Fix Any Cracks You Find

Asphalt Driveway Crack Repair Made Easy: How to Fix Any Cracks You Find

Wondering how to start fixing driveway cracks at your home? Driveway cracks are commonly caused by cycles of aging, a settling subbase, and/or freezing and thawing. Untreated cracks will lead to moisture entry and eventual erosion of the underlying subbase under your concrete or asphalt.

The best way to avoid further damage to your pavement is to be proactive and take action before the cracks extend and worsen. We can supply essential products necessary to fix asphalt driveways. So, purchase the right asphalt crack filler and tools for your driveway and follow these instructions for the best results when repairing driveway cracks.

The Tools You Need to Fix Driveway Cracks

When it comes to fixing asphalt driveway cracks, UNIQUE Paving Materials offers solutions to make it as quick and easy as possible, while still providing competitive prices. Whether you are working on a few small cracks or a major paving project, our products are intended to save time, money, and future repairs.

To get started on repairing driveway cracks at your home, make sure you have the following tools and supplies:

  • Latex gloves
  • Broom
  • Tamper
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Protective eyewear
  • Asphalt crack filler
  • Cold-applied asphalt patch
  • Squeegee

Continue reading to learn the next steps in the driveway crack repair process.

Preparation for Repairing Driveway Cracks

Fixing driveway cracks at home can be easy and affordable with our UNIQUE repair solutions. It’s best to clean, repair, and seal your driveway every few years. Filling driveway cracks prevents rainwater from entering, disturbing your asphalt foundation. As you learn how to fix driveway cracks, review the steps to properly prep the area:

  1. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the debris
  2. Remove any pieces of asphalt, dirt, or debris from inside of the crack
  3. Clean or flush out the crack with a Shop-Vac, air gun, or garden hose
  4. Make sure to let the crack dry of any standing water before filling

Fixing Driveway Cracks of Various Sizes

Our UNIQUE Paving Materials products are used to fix driveway cracks on a regular basis. The solutions we offer are not only designed to withstand any region, climate, or weather condition, but they are also equipped to complete repair projects of any size. From large cracks to small cracks and everything in between, choose our UNIQUE products to repair driveway cracks at your home.

How to Fill a Small Asphalt Crack (1/8 to 1/2 Inch)

  1. Use a rubberized asphalt-emulsion crack filler
  2. Apply it by pouring carefully from the container
  3. Smooth the crack filler level with the pavement using a V- or U-shaped squeegee
  4. Always let the filler dry before driving over the repaired area

How to Fill a Large Asphalt Crack (Greater Than 1/2 Inch)

  1. If the crack is deeper than two inches fill it with small, sand or very fine crushed gravel and pack it in
  2. Fill the crack with rubberized asphalt-emulsion crack filler
  3. Smooth the crack filler level with the pavement using a V- or U-shaped squeegee
  4. Always let the filler dry before driving over the repaired area

Repairing Driveway Cracks – How to Patch a Hole in an Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt Driveway Crack Repair Made Easy: How to Fix Any Cracks You Find

In addition to repairing driveway cracks, UNIQUE Paving Materials also offers solutions to patch holes in your asphalt driveway. Neglected driveway cracks can lead to potholes. To learn how to patch driveway potholes, follow these steps:

  1. Clean the area, removing loose material and large debris.
  2. Pour your asphalt patch repair material into the pothole or use a flat-edge shovel or rake to smooth the material ½ inch above pavement level.
  3. With a tamper or other suitable tool, pack the material until it is compact. You could also apply a piece of plywood over the hole and drive over it with a car to compact it.
  4. Fill deep potholes in 2” layers and reapply and compact until you’ve filled the pothole.

Finally, sealing your driveway helps to avoid water seepage and will protect your driveway from future cracks. Contact UNIQUE Paving Materials to learn more about how to maintain your asphalt with our crack filler and asphalt repair products.

FAQs – More on Filling Cracks in an Asphalt Driveway

As you prepare to fill cracks in an asphalt driveway, here are some frequently asked questions to keep in mind before your next project.

When is the best time to fill cracks in an asphalt driveway?

Our team recommends filling your asphalt cracks when the temperatures outside are moderate, ranging between 50 and 80 degrees. Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures for the best results.

Should my asphalt crack dry before applying the crack filler?

Absolutely. Both the inside and the outside of the crack should be completely dry before filling cracks in an asphalt driveway. This is because any excess moisture that is left in the crack can prevent the asphalt crack filler from effectively bonding to the crack itself.

How long does it take for the asphalt crack filler to dry?

When filling cracks in an asphalt driveway with UNIQUE’s asphalt crack filler, allow at least 30 minutes for your filled crack to dry before reintroducing foot and vehicle traffic onto your pavement.

How often should I inspect my asphalt driveway?

We advise that you assess your asphalt driveway regularly to ensure there are no existing cracks or excess wear and tear. Once you see cracks in your pavement, it is important to act quickly to fill cracks in the asphalt driveway to avoid them getting larger, ultimately causing more damage in the future.

Reach Out to UNIQUE Paving Materials to Learn More About Our Driveway Crack Repair Products

When it comes to asphalt, blacktop, and concrete repair companies, UNIQUE Paving Materials is the premier choice for all of your road maintenance and repair needs. If you are looking to repair driveway cracks at your home, choose UNIQUE today.

We offer a variety of cost-effective, durable solutions that are able to withstand every climate and weather condition. Contact our team today to learn more about our products for fixing driveway cracks and other maintenance needs.

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Becky Dunlavey

With over 10 years of experience, I wear many hats at UNIQUE Paving Materials. In addition to managing our multimedia marketing efforts and coordinating trade shows and regional events, working with the sales and customer service departments has allowed me to gain a multifaceted knowledge of the industry.

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