How To DIY Asphalt Resurfacing
Are you in search of another Do It Yourself skill that you can add to your list?
If you were just into small projects that you do inside the house, asphalt resurfacing may seem challenging to you. But fear no more. Asphalt resurfacing is actually an easy thing to do as long as your driveway is in a good condition.
And what’s better than knowing that resurfacing with asphalt only costs little!
Whether you are concerned with the costs or just want to improve how your driveway looks, you must take note of this steps. After All, you will be surprised as to what the results will show you.
First Step: Ready your driveway
The very first thing you will have to do before fixing anything is to clean properly the driveway first. You have to free the are from dust, debris, water, and vegetation. There will be weeds that you will find on the asphalt. Remove them first. Doing this will be easy when you will use the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe. Afterwards, the dirt can be removed with a stiff bristled broom or maybe a leaf blower if you have.
A hose is also a good choice in spraying down the driveway. Whichever way you choose to clean the driveway, just see to it that it will be completely dry before fixing. Because if the asphalt get into the cracks, it will be hard for the moisture to escape.
Thus, if you choose a hose, do it in a really sunny day. Also, you will have to wait for at least twenty-four hours to be sure.
Second Step: Repairing
Now that you got the area free from all the dirt, you can start pouring into the holes and cracks. A liquid filler can be of help if the holes you are looking into is only up to half an inch long. A nozzle on top of the filler has to be cut. Afterwards, pour the asphalt into the holes while letting it overfill a little.
A putty knife and a paste filler can be used for larger holes. After, use a trowel to polish the edges. And, before pouring into larger holes, check if the hole does not go beyond the bottom layer of asphalt. And if it does, you will have to pour sand or gravel so that it will not be that deep.
Third Step: Prepare the resurfacer
Never skip buying a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives. It is very helpful for flexibility. Mix and blend the resurfacer properly before using.
Fourth Step: Making use of the resurfacer
After conditioning the resurfacer, it can now be used for application. A paintbrush can be used for application. Start at the edges. What you do next is to get a squeegee and apply the resurfacer into coats. Use a back and forth motion.
Conclusion on Asphalt Resurfacing
Kaboom! Your asphalt resurfacing was successful. Whatever excess material you have can be recycled.