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Asphalt Repair: Yes, You Can DIY!

Winter is almost over and the snow is starting to melt away and we’re all looking forward to a warm spring. Have you noticed how your driveway looks after about three months of winter? Is it time for some asphalt repair?

Here are some of the problems that can arise if you have a blacktop asphalt driveway or walkway:

  • Potholes – When pieces of asphalt break off from the driveway, creating a hole. They can vary in size. This is often the result of unmaintained alligator cracks that are worsened by the winter ice.
  • Alligator and spiderweb cracks – These are small cracks that connect to resemble the scaly back of an alligator or the loops of a spider web.
  • Sinkholes and bird baths – Areas of asphalt that have sunk into the ground. This occurs when the foundation is not properly constructed. The base may be washed away after a while and when the asphalt is warmed by the sun’s heat it will form into the missing base. Smaller sink holes are called bird baths and are typically 1-2 inches deep.

To have your driveway resurfaced by a professional, can cost anywhere from $3000 to $6000. Do you really have to resurface your entire driveway to fix some cracks and potholes? No! There is a much simpler and affordable way to fix parts of your driveway that need some minor repairs.

If you only have some few cracks to fill, the BareGround One Shot Premium Asphalt Crack Filler (and Sealer) will get the job done very easily in one simple step. This ready to use filler is also a waterproof sealant which can repair and patch cracks up to 1-inch wide. This One Shot product fills and seals at the same time reducing effort, saving time AND money.

For driveways with potholes, the BareGround One Shot Asphalt Water Based Pot Hole Repair will permanently fix in a jiffy. This unique product is specially formulated to cure and harden immediately with water to form a durable asphalt pothole repair. It is also eco-friendly, VOC free and solvent-free. Besides driveways, this compound can also be used in roads or parking lots. Pour the One Shot water based pothole repair mix into the hole and add water to create a solid and long lasting fix.

Repairing your driveway shouldn’t be time consuming and costly. Simple DIY asphalt repair projects will keep your wallet happy and you will have more time for fun outdoor activities!

10 thoughts on “Asphalt Repair: Yes, You Can DIY!

  1. I want to make sure that I get my asphalt repaired properly. It makes sense that relying on a professional would be a good way to ensure that it gets done right! I could probably do it myself, but a professional would do it way better.

  2. In order to drive safely on the road, the road surface should be well protected.

  3. Thank you for helping me figure out that the cracks in my driveway are referred to as alligator cracks. My husband and I are trying to find an asphalt repair technician to get our driveway back to a good condition. Now that we know what repairs we need, we should be able to find someone who can fix the paving for us.

  4. Nice blog…
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. We appreciate your visiting us and we’re glad you enjoyed reading our blog post.

  5. Great tips, although homeowners should remember that a very old driveway will probably need asphalt repair or installation from a pro! Sometimes you don’t want to keep throwing good money away on bad pavement. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for your positive words!

  6. You mentioned that we can fix potholes in driveways with a DIY method. I don’t want to ruin anything, so I might hire a professional. They can do the job much better than I ever could.

  7. These are great alternatives to a full scale remove and replace. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you for informing me that sinkholes can be created when the base of the asphalt was washed away so the asphalt sinks. Yesterday, I was talking to my brother and he mentioned that his asphalt driveway is looking pretty cracked and pitted. He is not very handy, so I think he should just look for companies in the area that could help him fix it.

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