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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

Home Renovation Happenings

Damaged Driveway Driving You Crazy? Understanding, Repairing, And Restoring Damaged Asphalt

Pamela Gonzales

The driveway up to your house is not solely for parking vehicles. Considering it plays a key role in your home's first impression and curb appeal, your driveway should remain clean, attractive, and in proper condition. Unfortunately, this outdoor surface can easily crack, stain, and discolor, decreasing the curb appeal and value of your home. Thankfully, improving your asphalt driveway's look and durability is possible with proper understanding and care. Using this guide, you will learn how the environment, weather, weight, and toxic chemicals affect your asphalt driveway and learn the best options for repair and restoration.

Understanding

You may feel fine lines, cracks, and broken chunks of asphalt are normal, but this damaged is caused by an underlying issue. While surprising for many homeowners to learn, improper installation is the most common cause of a crack in your driveway. During construction, stone should be packed tightly under a second aggregate base. These two level, tightly-packed bases create a durable, proper, and sufficient foundation for the top layer of asphalt.

Excessive amounts of moisture is also a common cause of cracks in an asphalt driveway. This moisture may stem from a drainage issue or large amounts of rain or winter precipitation,  but it will wash out the underlying foundation, which damages the asphalt surface.

Here are a few other causes of damaged driveways:

  • Chemical – Oil, gas, and gardening chemicals can also affect the durability and color of your asphalt driveway. If you park your vehicles or lawn care equipment on your driveway, these chemicals may spill, softening and breaking the asphalt surface.
  • Environment – Moisture from the rain is not the only environmental concern to worry about. Ultraviolet rays from the sun and the intense heat or cold can dry out the asphalt, leading to cracks and discoloration.
  • Weight – Parking heavy vehicles, such as dump trucks or excavators, on your driveway may not seem like a problem. Heavier vehicles and machinery can weaken the asphalt and underlying foundation, so consider parking or storing these items at a different location to protect your driveway.

Repairing

After determining the cause of your damaged driveway, you can begin repairing the cracked asphalt. To get started, you will need to measure the size of the crack.

If you have cracks that measure ½-inch in width or less, apply a small amount of rubberized asphalt filler. Use a putty knife to work the filler into the cracks evenly.

For larger and deeper cracks that measure over ½-inch, spread fine sand into the cracks and pat down tightly. Be sure to leave ½-inch of space between the sand and the top of the crack. Then, spread a generous amount of blacktop compound over the entire crack. A few layers of the blacktop compound may be necessary to completely cover the cracks.

Restoring

Allow the asphalt filler to dry for a few days before beginning the restoration process. Clean any stains on your driveway using a baking soda solution. Add the following to a spray bottle:

  • 3 cups of warm water
  • ¼ cup of baking soda

Shake the bottle to mix, ensuring the baking soda dissolves into the water. Spray the solution onto areas of your asphalt that are stained with dirt, oil, or grease. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the solution into the stain before rinsing with your garden hose. Allow the area to dry completely.

After the driveway dries, you can apply a coat of asphalt sealant. Pour a generous amount of sealant on one end of your driveway, spreading it across using a long-handled paint roller tool. Work the paint roller down towards the opposite end of your driveway, adding more sealant as your go. Be sure to cover the entire driveway evenly with the asphalt sealant.

Your driveway is an important part of your home's function, appeal, and value, so ensuring it is clean and in good condition is smart. Using these tips, you will understand the causes of your damaged asphalt before beginning the repair and restoration process. For more information, contact a company like Lakeridge Paving Company


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