How DIY Asphalt Resurfacing Is Done
Are you in search of 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 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 you’re thinking about something wherein you could save a few bucks but still have good results, just keep on reading to know the steps. I assure you, you will get the results you have been hoping for since the start.
First Step: Set your driveway
Before fixing anything, cleaning properly is a must to prepare the driveway. 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. Doing this will be easy when you will use the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe. The dirt and debris can then be removed with the use of a stiff bristled broom or a leaf blower.
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.
Thus, if you choose a hose, do it in a really sunny day. Also, you will have to wait for at least twenty-four hours to be sure.
Second Step: Doing the fixing
Now that you got the area free from all the dirt, you can 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. A nozzle on top of the filler has to be cut. Afterwards, pour the asphalt into the holes while letting it overfill a little.
You can use a putty knife or a 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 skip buying a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives. It is very helpful for flexibility. Mix and blend the resurfacer properly before using.
Fourth Step: Applying the resurfacer
After preparing the resurfacer, it is now ready for use. The application can be done by the use of a paintbrush. Start on the edges. What you do next is to get a squeegee and apply the resurfacer into coats. Use a back and forth motion.
To End Asphalt Resurfacing
Alas! You were successful in asphalt resurfacing. In case of excess, it can still be recycled.