How To DIY Asphalt Resurfacing
Are you in search of another Do It Yourself skill that you can add to your list?
If you have only tried small projects indoors, asphalt resurfacing can be a little challenging to you. But to put you at ease, don’t get stressed about asphalt resurfacing because it is an easy task so long as your driveway is in a good condition.
And you know what’s better? Asphalt resurfacing does not cost you much!
If ever you just want to save bucks but still want to work on your driveway, then go on with these steps because you will surely achieve the results your neighbors will get jealous of!
First Step: Condition your driveway
The very first thing you will have to do before fixing anything is to clean properly the driveway first. Make sure that the are is free from dirt, dust, debris, vegetation, and water. There will be weeds that you will find on the asphalt. Remove them first. Removing will be made easy once you make use of 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.
You can also choose to spray the driveway using a hose. Whichever of the mentioned methods of cleaning you choose, just see to it that the driveway is completely dry before the fixing. Because asphalt can get into the cracks and trap the moisture.
So if ever you choose to clean with a hose, it has to be on a really sunny day and wait for at least twenty-four hours before restoring.
Second Step: Repairing
Now that the area is already free from all the dirt, you can already start pouring into the holes and cracks. You can make use of a liquid filler if the holes are only up to half an inch in length. There is a nozzle on top of the filler that you will have to cut. Once done, pour the asphalt into the holes, letting it overfill a little.
You can also make use of a putty knife or paste filler for larger holes. Then, you can use a trowel to polish the edges. Don’t forget to check the larger hole if it goes beyond the last layer of asphalt before pouring. If you find that it does, pour some sand or gravel 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 properly the resurfacer before using.
Fourth Step: Using the resurfacer
After preparing the resurfacer, it is now ready for use. A paintbrush can be used for application. Start at the edges. Next thing to do is to take a squeegee and apply it with a few coats. Use a back and forth motion.
Conclusion on Asphalt Resurfacing
Tada! Your asphalt resurfacing was successful. The excess can be used again and recycled.