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How to Patch Cracks and Holes in Your Driveway

Over time the weather can really damage your driveway. Winter can be especially hard on both asphalt and concrete. The freezing and thawing can result in cracks that over time become holes.

Repairing your driveway doesn’t have to cost a lot, you can do it yourself and save the money for something else! It’s a pretty messy job, but it can usually be done in a few hours over a weekend!

Holes and cracks in your driveway are unsightly, but they can also be dangerous! If they’re large enough they can cause falls and injuries and should be repaired! Repairing small flaws in your driveway will also keep them from becoming larger.

The first step you need to take in repairing an asphalt driveway, is to remove all of the loose chunks and dirt. You can use almost any type of tapered tool to pry the loose asphalt out.

Once you have the hole or crack cleaned, remove any small pieces of asphalt and dirt with a stiff brush. After it is clean, use any type of grease cutting detergent and water to wash the oil away.

Getting the area as clean as you can and let it dry completely is one of the most important steps in patching. If there’s oil, grease or dirt the patching compound can’t adhere and will just come loose before long.

Cracks that are 1/4 inch or under are usually just repaired with a liquid material. You can buy it in a jug or even a tube that can be used with a caulking gun.

Fill the crack with a generous amount and use a scraper or putty knife to smooth it out and deep into the crack. If the crack is deep, you may have to repeat the process.

For larger cracks up to 1/2 inch, a thicker material is needed. This type of filler is usually in a can and needs to be mixed well before applying.

Just scoop some of the filler out and press it into the crack until it’s full and then smooth it all out. Larger cracks will have to be repaired with an asphalt cold patch that normally comes in a bag.

Over fill the crack with the cold patch material and then cover it entirely with sand. Using a scrap piece of board, a piece of 4X4 post is best, to tamp the filler down until it’s level with the rest of the driveway.

If it’s a really large crack or hole, you can fill the hole in the same matter. But, to help press it out you can lay a piece of plywood over the patch and drive your car onto the board to hold it down! Wait about 24 hours before using the area of the driveway that you patched!

To make repairs to a concrete driveway, follow the same steps as above to clean the area. The only real difference in the repair is the type of filler you’ll use.

For smaller cracks up to 1/4 inch, you can purchase a sealant that comes in a tube and apply it with a caulking gun. Larger cracks up to 1/2 inch will need to be filled with premixed mortar and cracks larger than that can be filled with premixed concrete.

Once you’ve gotten the crack or hole filled with the concrete, let it set for about an hour and then scrape away any excess with a trowel and smooth it out.

Unlike the asphalt repair, the concrete repair should be allowed to dry for several days. The slower the patch dries the stronger the concrete will be.

You can lightly mist the area with the water hose to keep it moist and keep the area covered with a sheet of plastic to extend drying time. Once it has completely dried, apply a water sealant to the area with a roller for extra protection.

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