How to Patch Potholes & Cracks in Your Asphalt Driveway

Having your driveway finished with asphalt can increase your home value, give you a clean, safe place to park your car and provide your kids a smooth playing area. Unfortunately, all of these benefits also come with the additional work that comes with asphalt surfaces. As soon as you see potholes or cracks forming in your asphalt driveway, it is important that you take action to make the repairs as soon as possible.

Asphalt driveway repairs require the following supplies:

  • Asphalt crack sealant
  • Asphalt cool patch material
  • Driveway cleaning solution
  • Water, hose and bucket
  • Push broom and very stiff scrub brush
  • Putty knife and trowel
  • Hammer and chisel
  • Sheets of wood

Trim Up the Damage

Areas of the asphalt that are severely damaged will need to be trimmed up a bit. For best patch results, use a chisel and hammer to trim the edges of the potholes to form straight edges. If the crumbling areas of driveway are on the outer edges, use a wooden board to create a straight edge to guide you as you fill in the potholes in future steps.

Clean the Surface

Use the push broom to sweep all of the loose dirt and debris off of the driveway. Clean as much of the debris out of the cracks and potholes that you will be patching. Failing to clean the debris out could cause the patch work to fail because it will not have a solid foundation under the fresh material.

Get a bucket of hot water and mix a little driveway cleaner with it. Use the stiff scrub brush to scrub the surface of the entire driveway. The cleaner you get it, the better it will look when you are done and the better the sealant will adhere to it.

Fill the Potholes

Large cracks and holes should be filled with the asphalt cool patch material. Use a trowel to fill the holes with the material. If the holes are deeper than ½ inch, apply thin layers of the material every couple of hours until the hole is slightly heaping with the material. If you try to fill the deep hole at one time, the material could take a very long time to harden and could be pressed out as cars drive over it.

Fill the Cracks

Fine cracks can be sealed up using crack sealant. This is a liquid-like material that fills in the crack deep under the surface of the asphalt. Sealing the cracks will help to prevent further damage to the asphalt because it will keep the water from seeping under the asphalt and causing it to fail.

If you are unable to complete these repairs on your own, you have the option of contacting a local asphalt company like Northern Asphalt Inc. and having it professionally taken care of for you.