Asphalt looks best when it is clean and black. Over time, asphalt can fade and crack. Unfortunately, when you patch asphalt, the cracks remain very visible. This is usually the result of the new patch being darker than the old, faded asphalt. So, for the most comprehensive and aesthetically pleasing asphalt repair, you need to apply your patches to the damaged spots and then apply a sealcoat finish over the top. This article explains the process and helps you figure out how much of the work you can do yourself.
First of all, repairing most small asphalt patches is very simple. You can use cold-formula patch solution that you can buy any home improvement store. This comes premixed, and it is very easy to apply, even if it is a bit sticky and messy to work with.
Basically, you apply the asphalt patch over the damaged area, making sure it fills in the crack completely. You also want the crack filler to spread onto the top of the concrete. It will almost look like you taped over the crack with the patch. The actual work required for repairing small asphalt cracks is obviously very simple. You don't need to have any experience working with asphalt to adequately repair most cracks. It is important to realize that these repairs are merely cosmetic, and usually won't have a big impact on the structural integrity of your asphalt surface, besides stopping the cracks from becoming bigger.
Applying a Sealcoat Finish
Some people don't think this looks very good, so they want to add a sealcoat finish to the top. However, applying to sealcoat finish is not something you should try yourself unless you have professional asphalt equipment. Sealcoating is a great alternative to applying new asphalt surface. Basically, professionals will apply a very thin coat over your existing surface. This thin coat brings back the original black coloring.
The sealcoat itself is not protective enough to repair your cracked asphalt, so it's very important that you repair all of your cracks before you apply the sealcoat finish. If you apply the crack fill yourself and then have professionals apply to sealcoat finish, the project is going to be far more affordable. Professionals can sealcoat very large areas in the matter of a single day.
With filled cracks and a new sealcoat on top of your asphalt, your surface can look like it is basically brand new. Contact a company like City Wide Services to learn more.
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