As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
Asphalt paving and repair is a necessary job for any home owner. Many times people think of the job as something only for trained professionals; however, asphalt maintenance is something that you can do on your own. Doing it yourself will also save you a lot of money and you'll be pleased with how easy it was to complete and how great new asphalt makes your home look.
Here are four simple steps to repairing and repaving your asphalt surface. Before you start be sure that the weather forecast looks clear and mild for at least two whole days.
Wash and clean thoroughly
The first step in any asphalt paving job is to make sure that your surface is thoroughly cleaned. The best way to do this is with the assistance of a pressure washer. You can rent one at your local hardware store and use it to give your asphalt, whether it be your driveway or another surface, a good cleaning. You'll need to make sure that you give the asphalt plenty of time to dry before moving on to any paving.
Repair any cracks
After the surface is thoroughly cleaned, then you can go ahead and repair any cracks in your asphalt that may have developed over time. Cracks are common occurrences and they can be repaired with the simple use of some crack filler and a putty knife or trowel. Simply apply some filler and smooth it over using your trowel. Wait for the filler to dry as per the manufacturer's instructions. While the cracks are drying, you can move on to the next step.
Fill in any potholes
Like cracks, potholes are unfortunate and common, especially on driveways. If you have some that need to be repaired, then you can simply fill the holes in with some pothole filler, which can be found at your local hardware store. Use a tamper to press down the filler bit by bit until the hole is fully treated and level with the asphalt surface.
Seal the asphalt
Once the crack filler has cured and your potholes are filled in, then you can begin sealing your asphalt. Make sure the sealer is thoroughly mixed before applying it, and be sure to wear some old clothes and shoes to complete this part of the job.
Start at a far corner of your surface and pour some of the sealer onto the asphalt. Use a long squeegee to smooth out the sealer and continue to work your way across the surface, adding more sealer each time in order to fully coat your space.
Allow the sealer to dry over night and add a second coat the following day. Allow the second coat to dry an additional night and your asphalt surface should be good to use as normal.
If you feel you cannot do this on your own, you can always contact professional pavers to assist or do the job for your. For more information, contact a paving company in your area or visit websites like http://www.phend-brown.com.Share
4 February 2016