Understanding the Various Asphalt Driveway Resurfacing Options: Fixing Your Driveway with a Crack Filler, Coating or Resurfacing

Ideally, your driveway should be a smooth way to get your car from the street to your garage or carport. Unfortunately, over time, an asphalt driveway can transform from an even surface into a bumpy landscape of cracks and potholes. The more vigilant you are about filling or patching these cracks as they appear, the better. Fixing an asphalt driveway, as you might expect, is a lot easier and less expensive the less damage there is to repair.

Still, hiring an asphalt driveway crack filler to patch the holes and cracks won’t always be a sufficient recourse. It’s important to understand all your driveway resurfacing options. That way, you can make the right choice about which option is right for your driveway at any given time.

Choosing the Right Method for Fixing Your Asphalt Driveway

The first and most basic way to repair your driveway is with asphalt driveway crack fillers or patching materials. Liquid crack fillers can provide reasonably reliable repairs for any cracks that are less than a quarter inch (or 6.35 millimetres) wide. These narrower cracks are typically not that deep, which means filling them can hold the driveway together and prevent further damage. Wider cracks can also be filled but go deeper and are harder to repair. Simply filling them in will only provide a temporary fix.

Similarly, patching the potholes in your driveway is a temporary repair. Patches can make sure that your path is consistently levelled, thereby removing tripping hazards or holes that might damage your vehicle. Over time, though, the patches will come loose, and the potholes will continue to grow.

For more extensive repairs, you might consider asphalt driveway resurfacing. Resurfacing is a process that essentially removes the top layer of your asphalt driveway and replaces it. It is an efficient way for eliminating all but the deepest cracks and holes. Pairing this type of repair with asphalt driveway coating (or sealing) will keep moisture out of the pavement and prevent other cracks from forming for quite some time.

If your driveway is damaged extensively, you may need to think about replacing it entirely. Particularly wide cracks or deep potholes that cannot be repaired through other driveway resurfacing options can be solved with a replacement. Experts will also generally recommend a replacement if the driveway has ‘alligator cracks.’ These surfaces look like the skin of an alligator, with cracks going in all directions and breaking the pavement up into many little pieces. This type of cracking can’t be repaired by patching or filling and is too extensive to be corrected through resurfacing.

Call Allens Asphalt Repairs to Fix Your Driveway Today

If you need a driveway repair—whether that means an asphalt driveway crack filler, a pothole patching job, or a full resurfacing—Allens Asphalt Repairs can help. We can also inspect your property, to advise you on which asphalt driveway resurfacing option is right for you. Call us on 1-855-627-6350 to schedule your inspection and price quote today.