Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

Steps To Resurfacing A Driveway

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If you have a few surface level cracks and pits in your driveway, then an asphalt paving specialist might suggest that you resurface the driveway. Essentially, this means that the technician would strip away the top layer and replace it with new asphalt. Before you sign up for this procedure, here are some details on what will take place so you know what to expect. 

Step 1: Power Wash the Driveway

The first step is to get rid of any materials that could affect the finish of your driveway resurfacing. For instance, debris stuck in the cracks of your driveway could affect the seal of the new asphalt layers. Another thing that can cause issues is oil stains. While water power washing might be good enough to get rid of each of these nuisances, your asphalt paving contractor may also recommend using trisodium phosphate to do a more thorough job of removing the oil stains. During this process, you may see little bits of your driveway get washed away along with the debris; don't fret, as this is a natural part of the process. 

Step 2: Fill in Cracks

For some of the deeper cracks in your driveway, you'll want to fill them in with some material for resurfacing the driveway. Your concrete repair center might suggest that you fill it in with asphalt material for a long lasting result. But you can also save some money by filling the cracks partway with sand and then patching it over with concrete. 

Step 3: Apply Resurfacer and Finish

The next part of the the process is to apply resurfacer. Hopefully, you were able to fill in the major cracks so that you have a fairly smooth surface to work on. Next, your technicians will apply the concrete resurfacer to a slightly wet surface. Some repair centers also recommend that you apply a nonslip finish over the resurfacer for added protection. After about a day of drying time, you should be able to see the finished product of the job. 

As you can see, there are a few steps that go into resurfacing a driveway. While it's not as simple as patching a driveway, the process of resurfacing can save a driveway that may otherwise need to be replaced completely. And with the addition of cost-saving materials such as sand to the mix, you can get away with resurfacing the driveway for much less than a full replacement. Contact a company like Asphalt Maintenance for more information.

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20 June 2016