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Old 07-13-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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My 12-year old asphalt driveway has many cracks (see the attached files).
I tried to repair it last year by putting some crack filler material in the cracks.
How to repair it this year?
Is it beyond repair?
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:29 AM   #2
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Can't tell if that is the asphalt or the coating that is cracking. Try scraping some off from a small area.

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How to repair it this year?
Is it beyond repair?
Ayuh,... If the base is stable, another inch of blacktop overlay will probably get ya another 10 or 15 years outa it...
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Can't tell if that is the asphalt or the coating that is cracking. Try scraping some off from a small area.
How to tell after scraping some off from a small area?
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Ayuh,... If the base is stable, another inch of blacktop overlay will probably get ya another 10 or 15 years outa it...
How to find out if the base is stable?
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How to find out if the base is stable?
The asphalt looks flat. No ruts that result from cars sitting on the surface. No curling at the edges.
How often did you seal it?
Call in a few contractors and get their take on the situation.
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From the pics my son that's in the seal coating business said it looks like a

build up of sealer from driveways that are coated every year.

Driveways are coated every 2 years or more around here anyways.
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How to find out if the base is stable?
It don't look settled, or failing...
If it stays that way year round, have it repaved...
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From the pics my son that's in the seal coating business said it looks like a

build up of sealer from driveways that are coated every year.

Driveways are coated every 2 years or more around here anyways.
How to repair it now?
Do I first fill the cracks with crack filler?
After at least one day, then I put on the driveway sealer in one direction.
After at least one day, then I put on the second layer of driveway sealer in a perpendicular direction so as to cover all the cracks.
I live in Ontario, Canada. Our winter has a lot of snow.
I put on the driveway sealer about every 2 years.
Is that a reasonable frequency?
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too much sealer ( thickness ),,, rent a scarifier & resurface the driveway - next time you apply sealer, put in on thinner
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How to repair it now?
Do I first fill the cracks with crack filler?
After at least one day, then I put on the driveway sealer in one direction.
After at least one day, then I put on the second layer of driveway sealer in a perpendicular direction so as to cover all the cracks.
I live in Ontario, Canada. Our winter has a lot of snow.
I put on the driveway sealer about every 2 years.
Is that a reasonable frequency?
The application brushes have a screed on one side. You brush on the sealer, then screed off the excess.
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My son said he has never heard of someone using a scarifier to fix that issue (not saying it couldnt be done that way) but usually at that point a new drive is installed. He suggested contacting some local to your area to see what they suggest doing. Also he said that you can have someone come and sealcoat your driveway for about the same if not cheaper then the materials cost to buy to do it yourself (his company charges ~$.10/sqft for residential).

His company has a big tanker truck (500 gallon) that has the sealer mix (which has latex and sand in it) then they pump it on to the driveway and spread it out (from nearest to the house to the street) with a 3ft wide broom. He said they dont use a squeegee after brooming it on.

I just had my 4600sqft drive done by his company and it took their 3 man crew 30 minutes to weed eat all the edges, blow the driveway and apply the sealer. After that I will never do it myself again!
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My son said he has never heard of someone using a scarifier to fix that issue (not saying it couldnt be done that way) but usually at that point a new drive is installed.
I don't see how removing a build up of sealer would equate to having a new driveway put in.
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I don't see how removing a build up of sealer would equate to having a new driveway put in.
Should the build up of sealer be removed first before new sealer be applied?
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Should the build up of sealer be removed first before new sealer be applied?
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