How DIY Asphalt Resurfacing Is Done
Have you been looking for another Do It Yourself skill that you can add to your list?
If you were just into small projects that you do inside the house, asphalt resurfacing may seem challenging 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 what's better than knowing that resurfacing with asphalt only costs little!
Whether you are concerned with the costs or just want to improve how your driveway looks, you must take note of this steps. After All, you will be surprised as to what the results will show you.
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. Weeds can also grow from the asphalt so get rid of them first. Removing will be made easy once you make use of the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe. Then, you can use a stiff bristled broom or leaf blower in removing the dirt and debris.
You can also make use of a hose to spray 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. 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. Afterwards, make use of 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. And if it does, you will have to pour sand or gravel so that it will not be that deep.
Third Step: Ready 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: Applying the resurfacer
After preparing the resurfacer, it is now ready for use. You can start the application on the edges by using a paintbrush. What you do next is to get a squeegee and apply the resurfacer into coats. Use a back and forth motion.
Conclusion on Asphalt Resurfacing
Alas! Your asphalt resurfacing was successful. Whatever excess material you have can be recycled.