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.
I have a paved patio that I love, but it wasn't quite large enough for my needs. I have a very large extended family that I enjoy having over many times through the summer. Instead of dealing with sinking chair legs in the grass this year, I decided to invest in an expansion of my patio. Instead of having a patio that was obviously constructed at two different times, I talked with the concrete contractor about what I could do to make the older side of the patio blend perfectly with the new one. That was when I learned about the different finishes I could have on both patios. Visit my blog to find out how to combine the old with the new seamlessly.