How To Repair Blemishes On Your Asphalt Driveway

Owning an asphalt driveway has many benefits. You can expect your driveway to last for up to 30 years with great care, and your maintenance in general is pretty low. When your driveway starts showing signs of wear with cracks and divots that make it look less appealing, you should make repairs as soon as you can to preserve this area for many more years. Here are things you can do to repair blemishes in your asphalt driveway.

Divots

A fancier word for pothole, a divot is a dip in your driveway that can become deeper over time and cause damage to your vehicle or the rest of your asphalt driveway's structure without repair. Divots are often caused by the earth under your driveway's foundation shifting naturally or even sinking due to moisture, resulting in the dip in your asphalt. Luckily, this is a fairly easy repair that a pothole repair or paving company can fix for you. A professional will remove all the loose and breaking debris that are affected by the pothole and then fill it with fresh asphalt or an asphalt patch.

Cracks

Cracks in your asphalt are a common threat to your driveway's durability, caused by fluctuations in temperature and the ground underneath its foundation. Asphalt expands when it gets hot, contracting again when the weather cools, which leads to a weakening in the foundation over time. Cracks on their own pose a danger. Not only are they unappealing, but cracks allow water and moisture to enter deep into your asphalt driveway's foundation and cause the ground underneath to be unstable. This can lead to potholes and other driveway issues.

Cracks can be repaired in a few ways. Individual cracks can be filled with an asphalt patch to hide them and make your driveway smooth again. If your entire driveway is covered in cracks and crevices, a paving company may recommend re-coating your entire driveway with a new layer of asphalt to cover the damaged area. This is a great alternative to replacing your entire asphalt driveway and helps your current foundation last much longer.

When you have blemishes on your asphalt driveway, you want to make sure you do repairs as soon as you can. A pothole repair service or paving company can help assess what needs to be done to make your driveway both more appealing and more durable for years to come. If you have concerns about your own driveway, talk to a paving contractor to see what can be done to repair its damages.

 


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