How to Maintain your Asphalt Driveway

An asphalt driveway is an affordable addition to your home. However, a time will come when you’ll need to perform maintenance on it with materials like emulsified liquids, plastic fillers and solid cold-patches. These materials don’t always work; sometimes the damage is beyond what you – or even an experienced person – can repair, such as when automobiles leave obvious indentations behind overnight (a sign of poor construction) or when it heaves and tilts during cold periods and buckles and cracks when spring buds (a sign of poor drainage). If you’re facing either of these problems, then feel free to heave a sigh of relief, roll up your sleeves and prepare for some DIY.


There are different sets of procedures and materials, depending on the type of maintenance you want to carry out. If cracks are an issue, then fix them as quickly as possible with asphalt cold-patch if they’re more than half an inch wide, and with crack filler if they’re narrower. Just remember to get rid of all loose debris before starting or else the patch won’t stick.


Depressed areas or ‘birdbaths’ catch water and cause puddles, so if you want them gone remove all dirt, prime the depressed areas with emulsified liquid asphalt, and splash some water into them. Add some detergent or cleaner into the mix to get rid of oil and grease, then remove it. Spread the cold-patch evenly and tamp it down with a metal tamper or some lumber. Finally, seal-coat the whole driveway after a full day.


Chuckholes can be repaired once loose material is removed and the driveway is primed with emulsified liquid asphalt, with some cold-patches that have been stirred beforehand. Tamp the cold-patch down firmly every two inches; the final layer should be an inch below the lip of a chuckhole then tamp it down firmly. Your driveway will be usable again after one to three days of curing it – but remember to seal-coat it after two to five days!

Finally, you should seal your driveway every few years, particularly if you’ve just repaired it. This livens the driveway and protects it against the ravages of nature, oils and chemicals.  Minor cracks can also be filled this way. Make sure the sealant is well-blended, then apply it with a squeegee/broom. Add sand for texture. Leave the driveway to cure for an entire day before using it.

This was a guest post by Dykes Paving, an Atlanta Paving contractor. Feel free to call us at 770-448-3392 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about your asphalt driveway, or anything relating to Asphalt paving, recycling, repair and construction.