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Over the life span of your driveway it is common for damages to occur. Most commonly, cracks and potholes develop in the surface, which, if left untreated, can become worse and more costly to the home owner. Once you start see your driveway deteriorating it is best to make the necessary repairs at once.
Prep and materials
Driveway resurfacing is a relatively easy job that will require a few days' work. You'll need some basic tools and materials that can be found at your local hardware store like crack filler, asphalt, a long squeegee and some driveway sealer. Before you start, you'll need to thoroughly clean the driveway using a pressure washer, some soap and a garden hose. Additionally, be sure to turn over the buckets of sealer for two days to allow the product to mix naturally. Finally, this is a job that will require dry weather so be sure to plan the job during a few days of clear skies as any rain will cause a disruption.
Repair cracks and potholes
If your driveway has developed cracks and/or potholes then you'll need to get some crack filler and asphalt. It's important to repair any of these damages before you start resurfacing the driveway.
Crack filler is very easy to use. It can simply be applied to the necessary cracks and smoothed over using a trowel or putty knife. Leave it to dry for the recommended time as per the manufacturer's instructions.
If you're fixing potholes, be sure to fill them in using some asphalt and stamp it down using a tamper. This will compact the asphalt so that when it dries it will be firm and durable.
Apply the sealer
Once your potholes and cracks have thoroughly cured, you are ready to apply your sealer. This is an easy job to complete but be sure to wear old clothes and shoes for its completion.
Start by pouring some of the sealer horizontally across one end of the driveway. Use your squeegee to spread the sealer so that the surface is smooth from one end to the next. Continue this step all the way down your driveway until the entire surface is covered. Allow the first layer to completely dry over night or as per the manufacturer's instructions.
On the second day lay another coat of sealer this time working vertically across the surface of your driveway. This will give the final product a professional look. Allow the surface to dry for an additional night or two and you'll be able to use your new-looking driveway as normal.