Looking for another DIY skill to add to your repertoire?
If you’ve been sticking to small interior projects, asphalt resurfacing may seem like an intimidating beast to tackle.
But fear not- asphalt resurfacing is actually a fairly easy DIY project as long as your driveway is in somewhat decent condition.
And even better news- resurfacing with asphalt is also super cost effective!
Whether you are looking to save a few bucks or want to add some curb appeal to your home, just follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth lookin’ driveway that’ll be sure to make your neighbors jealous!
Step One: Prepare the Driveway
The first order of business hand before making any repairs is to clean the driveway thoroughly.
The area should be completely void of dust, dirt, debris, vegetation, and water.
You’ll first want to pull all of the weeds out of the asphalt. This can be done fairly easily by using the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe.
You will then need to remove the dirt and debris with either a broom (preferably a stiff bristled one) or a leaf blower.
Spraying down the driveway with a hose is also an option. However, you’ll need to make sure the driveway is completely dry before making any repairs, as asphalt can seep into the cracks and once these are covered up, moisture has no chance of escaping.
Therefore, if you do decide to use a hose, only do so on a really hot summer day and wait 24 hours before repairing to be safe.
Step 2: Making the Repairs
Now that you’ve got the area nice and clean, its time to start filling in the cracks and potholes.
For smaller cracks and holes (up to half an inch) you can use a liquid filler. Cut the nozzle off the top of the filler bottle and pour the asphalt substance into the crack, allowing it overfill just a little bit.
For larger cracks or holes, you can apply the asphalt with a paste filler and large putty knife. Then, polish the edges with a trowel.
Also, before you do anything to a larger hole, check whether or not the hole goes beyond the bottom layer of asphalt. If it does, you’ll need to fill it with sand, gravel, or dirt so it is not quite so deep.
Step 3: Resurfacer Prepare
For maximum flexibility and traction, be sure to purchase a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives.
Thoroughly mix the resurfacer before application.
Step 4: Resurfacer Application
After you have the resurfacer prepped, it is time for application.
Begin by applying the resurfacer along the edges of your driveway with a paintbrush. Next, take a squeegee and apply the resurfacer evenly using back and forth motions- a couple of uniform coats should do the trick.
Asphalt Resurfacing Conclusion
Voila! You have succeeded in resurfacing your own driveway.
Also, any excess asphalt from your project can be easily recycled!
Have you ever done a DIY asphalt repair project? Share your experience(s) in the comments!