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DIY Asphalt Resurfacing

Are you in the quest of finding another Do It Yourself skill that you can add to your list?

If you are only experienced in small indoor projects, then asphalt resurfacing may sound hard to you. But don’t be afraid. Asphalt resurfacing is actually an easy task as long as your driveway is not in a bad condition.

And you know what’s better? Asphalt resurfacing does not cost you much!

If you’re thinking about something wherein you could save a few bucks but still have good results, just keep on reading to know the steps. I assure you, you will get the results you have been hoping for since the start.

First Step: Set your driveway

The very first thing you will have to do before fixing anything is to clean properly the driveway first. The zone must be free from all the dirt, dust, debris, water, and vegetation. There will be weeds that you will find on the asphalt. Remove them first. It will be easier if you will remove it with the use of the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe. The dirt and debris can then be removed with the use of a stiff bristled broom or a leaf blower.

A hose is also a good choice in spraying down the driveway. Whatever method you choose for cleaning, just make sure that the driveway will be completely dry before fixing because the asphalt can get into the cracks and therefore prevent the moisture from escaping if there is.

Hence, if you choose to clean by spraying with the use of hose, do it in a really sunny day. Also, wait for twenty-four hours before fixing to be sure.

Second Step: Doing the fixing

Now that it is already free from dirt, you can start filling in the holes and cracks. A liquid filler can be used if the holes don’t exceed 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.

You can use a putty knife or a paste filler for larger holes. Afterwards, make use of a trowel to polish the edges. And, always check if the holes on larger cracks don’t go beyond the bottom layer of asphalt before pouring. And if you see that it does, just pour some sand or gravel into it to make it shallower.

Third Step: Prepare the resurfacer
Never forget to buy a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives because it helps in the flexibility. Mix the resurfacer completely before making use of it.

Fourth Step: Making use of the resurfacer
After preparing the resurfacer, it is now ready for use. The application can be done by the use of a paintbrush. Start on the edges. You get a squeegee for the next thing. Use it to apply several coats and do a back and forth motion.

Conclusion on Asphalt Resurfacing

Alas! Your asphalt resurfacing was successful. Whatever excess material you have can be recycled.

Supporting reference: The 10 Best Resources For Driveways