An asphalt patio that has cracks around its edges can destroy the beauty of the area where you barbecue dinners during the summer months or hold informal parties. Repair the damaged asphalt by completing the instructions that are listed below. Once the patio has a smooth surface, add a coat of waterproof sealer to the asphalt to prevent cracks from forming again.
- putty knife
- water hose
- stiff-bristled scrub brush (with extension handle)
- cold asphalt patch
- mixing stick
- drop cloths
- waterproof sealer (for asphalt)
Remove Loose Asphalt Pieces And Eliminate Stains From The Patio
Use a putty knife to remove any loose pieces of asphalt that are stuck in the damaged sections. Sweep up debris with a broom. Make a cleaning solution by adding a cup or two of industrial-strength detergent to a bucket of water. Use a stiff-bristled scrub brush to apply the cleaning solution to stains on the patio's surface. Move the brush firmly over the affected areas. Rinse soapy residue from the asphalt with a strong stream of water. Wait for the patio to dry.
Add Patch To The Cracks
Stir a container of cold-asphalt patch for a few minutes. The patch can be used to fill the cracked sections right away and does not need any additional components added to it. Place a thin layer of patch on the flat side of a trowel. Insert the trowel into one of the cracks and use a putty knife to assist with pushing the patch into the damaged section. Fill all of the cracks in the same manner.
Use a putty knife to even out the surface of the patch so that it is level with the rest of the asphalt that the patio is made out of. Wait for the patch to dry. This may take a day or two.
Apply A Layer Of Waterproof Sealer
Cover the ground that is adjacent to each side of the patio with drop cloths so that the grass or foliage that is present does not accidentally become covered in sealer if some of the contents spill out from the container. Pour some sealer onto the patio and spread it out with a squeegee. Use even motions while pushing the squeegee across the patio's surface so that visible marks do not remain once the sealer dries.
Do not walk on the asphalt surface until the sealer has dried completely. The patio will now provide you, your family, and close friends with an attractive area to spend time on while outdoors. Contact an asphalt paving professional if you need more help.