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Old 01-19-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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I have a 5 year old Ashphalt driveway - my contractor did his best half assed job on this driveway that year -

Anyway - there are a lot of cracks- some low areas where water pools and now a Sinkhole like thing has started forming right in the middle. It is currently about 1 foot square and hopefully not growing.

To repair- would I just dump a bag of ashphalt into the hold and tap down? Is there something to prep with to assure adhesion?

Also -is it possible to put another 2 inchs of ashphalt on top of the current drive?

What about pouring a gravel base on the existing ashphalt and pouring concrete over it ..

Is this possible?

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Minor holes can be filled with "cold patch", which is asphalt in a bag. Compact the heck out of it.

Small cracks can be filled with crack filler that comes in gallon jugs.

Your best bet is to have an asphalt contractor come out and cap the driveway with new asphalt. They can level out the low spots and make it look brand new.

Remember, asphalt isn't like concrete where you can place it and forget about it. It degrades much faster and has to be maintained. One of its benefits is its flexibility with shifting soils and temperatures...Concrete cracks much easier and is pretty hard to make good solid patches in. A concrete driveway is a long term investment if done right. An asphalt driveway can last a long time but must be re-sealed at least every couple years and you have to keep the cracks filled.

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Also -is it possible to put another 2 inchs of ashphalt on top of the current drive?

What about pouring a gravel base on the existing ashphalt and pouring concrete over it ..
Ayuh,.... At this point, from your description,... Nope...

The Bottom line is, your driveway's Subsoils,+ Base are Failing....

If you could get a Paver to cap it with 2",... It'll just Fail again... It would "Look" good for a year, maybe 2..
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As far as Concrete,...
The asphalt will have to Go 1st, to fix the Base to support the new Cncrete...

I Doubt you have the Space to add both Stone, Or Concrete anyways...
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