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.

How To Easily Repair Alligator Cracks In Your Asphalt Driveway

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Alligator cracks in your asphalt driveway look similar to the scales on an alligator or like a spider web on your driveway. These cracks are not very deep, but they are long and widespread across your concrete. One crack is generally connected to another crack, hence the term alligator crack or spider web crack. These cracks are common on asphalt driveways and are easy to fix if you have the right supplies.

Supplies

You will need three supplies for this project.

First, you will need to purchase some alligator asphalt patch. This type of patch is slightly different than cold pour crack patch material; it dries faster and harder than cold pour crack material.

Second, you will need to purchase an asphalt squeegee. You can purchase an asphalt squeegee in a variety of different lengths; you may want to go with a longer model asphalt squeegee to get your work done faster.

Third, you need some asphalt sealcoat sealer. Alligator cracks stay repaired better when you seal your asphalt after you repair the crack.

Repairing Alligator Cracks

Repairing alligator cracks is pretty simple process. First, you will want to take the package of alligator patch and pour a generous amount in the middle of the area where the alligator crack is spread out and dominating your concrete.

Second, use your asphalt squeegee to spread out the alligator patch material so that the entire alligator crack is covered. You want to apply a thin layer of alligator patch on all of the crack; make sure that you follow the crack out to the ends of the lines.

Third, add additionally alligator patch material and use your squeegee to spread it out until the entire crack is covered up. Use your squeegee to spread it out and smooth the patch material so that it smoothly transitions into your current asphalt.

Fourth, allow the alligator patch to dry overnight. You may need to apply a second layer of patch material if the first layer cracks at all.

Finally, spread some asphalt sealcoat sealer on top of the patched area. You will want to avoid walking or parking on the patched area until the sealcoat has had time to dry and cure completely.

This is a project that you should be able to easily complete in a weekend. Just remember to allow the patch time to dry before you apply the sealcoating on top. Don't skip the sealcoating; the sealcoating will extend the life of your patch.  

For more information, contact ACPLM or a similar company.

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10 August 2016