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How to Repair Cracks in Asphalt Driveways

Asphalt Driveway Paving Minneapolis, MN

Cracks in your driveway can decrease curb appeal and weaken the asphalt surface. To prolong the life of your asphalt driveway, repair asphalt cracks as soon as you notice them.

If neglected, asphalt cracks can deepen and let water seep into the driveway’s foundation. Once this happens, you may need to replace your asphalt driveway.

Continue reading to learn how to repair small cracks in your driveway. We'll also explain when you should hire an asphalt contractor for larger jobs.

For Cracks Under 1 Inch Wide

The average homeowner can fix a small driveway crack that is under 1 inch wide. The entire project usually takes one weekend.

Below, you will find generic instructions for how to use a tube of asphalt patch product. Be sure to consult with the product’s instructions before beginning the project.

Here’s how to fix a small crack in your asphalt driveway:

  1. Clear dirt and vegetation from the crack with a trowel, screwdriver, or similar tool.
  2. Wash crack with garden or power hose.
  3. Let crack dry.
  4. Cut the top of the tube’s spout so its width is smaller than the crack you want to fill.
  5. Fill crack so it’s level with surrounding asphalt.
  6. Smooth out asphalt patch product.
  7. Let the treatment dry for 24 hours.
  8. If needed, apply a second coat of asphalt patch product.

For Cracks Over 1 Inch Wide

Is the driveway crack over an inch wide? If so, you'll need to hire a professional asphalt contractor. Our team will be able to fill the crack, preventing further damage to your asphalt driveway.

It’s important to repair asphalt driveway cracks as soon as you see them. That way, we can protect the underlying foundation from water damage.

For Alligator Cracking

Alligator cracking looks like the scaly hide of the reptile it's named after. If you see alligator cracking, it's likely that the foundation has failed.

The foundation of your driveway will deteriorate due to old age, heavy loads, and neglect. For example, water can seep into the foundation through cracks and potholes. Once this happens, the foundation will weaken over time.

Your foundation may also fail if you park heavy commercial vehicles in your driveway. Over time, the asphalt surface will compress, creating indentations where water can pool. Standing water will further weaken your driveway until you reach the point of no return. At that point, we would recommend you replace your asphalt driveway.

How to Prevent Asphalt Cracks

We've spent this entire blog post talking about how to repair asphalt cracks. But did you know that there's a way to prevent damage from happening in the first place?

We recommend you sealcoat your asphalt driveway every 1 to 3 years. Sealcoating protects your driveway from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids. It also gives your asphalt driveway a rich black color, which can help improve curb appeal.

Call ACT Asphalt Specialties Co. Today!

Our asphalt driveway contractors in Minneapolis, MN, work hard to earn your business! To request an estimate, call ACT Asphalt Specialties Co. at (651) 484-1696. We would be more than happy to help restore the appearance and function of your asphalt driveway! Call today!