Save That Crumbling Driveway!

Explore your options for repairing an asphalt driveway that is crumbling.

A driveway adds a lot to a home’s curb appeal, but it can also detract from the attractiveness of a home’s exterior. A crumbling asphalt driveway is both unattractive and not functional. Explore the steps for repairing a crumbling asphalt driveway, which is a considerable undertaking in both time and effort. Your other option is to contact the experts at Tucker Paving. We have over 25 years of experience in asphalt and concrete paving.

Repairing a Crumbling Asphalt Driveway

Repairing an asphalt driveway that is falling apart is not a simple task. It also depends on how degraded the driveway is overall as to whether you can patch it or should just replace the entire driveway. Experienced asphalt pavers like the Tucker Paving team will be able to advise you on whether the driveway can be patched or if it should be replaced.

For an asphalt driveway requiring patches, follow these steps:

  1. Remove chunks of detached asphalt and then sweep and vacuum out any remaining debris and dirt.
  2. Clean the area with water or a driveway cleaning agent if there is grease or oil present.
  3. Apply filler to cracks.
  4. Apply patching materials to depressed areas that collect standing water.
  5. With emulsified liquid asphalt, prime the depressions that you just patched.
  6. Fill the depressed areas with an asphalt cold-patching material using a trowel. Smooth and tamp the asphalt cold-patching material level with the surrounding surfaces.
  7. For potholes, remove broken and crumbling asphalt down to the ground, and then patch and fill it like above, adding two inches of asphalt cold-patching material at a time.
  8. Allow 12 to 36 hours for curing before driving over the patches, and two to five days before sealing the entire driveway.
  9. Before sealing, remove any dirt and debris with a broom and vacuum, and any oils or grease with a detergent or a cleaner. Remove excess water, but the driveway does not need to be completely dry to seal.
  10. After thoroughly mixing the sealant, apply it with a roller or squeegee to small sections of the driveway at a time. Make sure small cracks and patched areas are thoroughly covered. 
  11. Allow the sealant to dry and cure for a full 24 hours before driving on the sealed driveway. It’s a good idea to put up barriers blocking the driveway 

Repairing a crumbling asphalt driveway takes time and effort. Contact the asphalt paving experts at Tucker Paving online or by calling (863) 299-2262 to have your asphalt driveway repaired by the pros!