Cracks in your asphalt are unsightly, annoying, and could be dangerous trip hazards. Usually, when cracks are just forming, they are small and not a big deal. But, they will get bigger as the edges wear away from normal usage and weathering. So, the longer you wait, the more expensive and inconvenient it becomes to fix them. This article shows how you can use basic asphalt patching products to repair small cracks in any asphalt surface:

Use Asphalt Patch

The key to a successful asphalt patch job is using the right materials and products. Asphalt patch is sold at any home improvement store, it is affordable, and it is easy to apply. It comes in large 1 or 5-gallon cans, and it is often called sealcoating. In reality, asphalt patch is not exactly the same as normal asphalt. It is actually a mixture of asphalt and adhesive. This means that it sticks to old asphalt, so it works well in small cracks. You don't want to try to fix your asphalt cracks using normal asphalt mixture because it won't work very well in a small area. It will crack and fall out very quickly. Since asphalt patch has adhesive, it sticks and stays put.

Applying the Patch

Before you actually get out the asphalt patch, you want to clean out the cracks. Patch will stick better to a clean crack without any dirt or weeds growing out of it.

Since it has adhesive in the mixture, asphalt patch is very sticky and messy to work with. Make sure you wear latex gloves when applying it. You'll also want to use a disposable plastic putty knife. You don't use one of your favorite metal putty knifes or any clothes you like because the patch will dry up, and probably ruin them. You might also consider using a rubber squeegee to help create a smoother finish, but this isn't always necessary.

You spread the patch into the crack area and make sure that entire crack is filled in. You want to over-fill the crack, and let the excess flow out onto the top of the asphalt. This is where you can spread it evenly using the putty knife.

As the patch starts to dry, you can then get out the squeegee and further smooth out the surface, tapering down the edges, and making it blend in with the old asphalt. Contact a commercial paving service for more information and assistance. 

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