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!
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: Ready your driveway
The very first thing you will have to do before fixing anything is to clean properly the driveway first. You have to free the are from dust, debris, water, and vegetation. 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.
A hose is also a good choice in spraying 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.
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 it is already free from dirt, you can start filling in 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.
A putty knife and a paste filler can be used for larger holes. After, 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: The resurfacer
Always remember that a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives has to be bought. Mix the resurfacer completely before making use of it.
Fourth Step: Using the resurfacer
Because the resurfacer is ready, you can now apply it. The application can be done by the use of a paintbrush. Start on 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
Kaboom! Asphalt resurfacing done! Whatever excess material you have can be recycled.