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Old 07-09-2008, 02:03 PM   #16
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How often should you seal an asphalt driveway?


Hi there,

I'm new at these forums, so I don't know if it is kosher to step into someone's thread with another question; but I was reading this thread and it sounded like some people actually knew what they were talking about.

My next door neighbour borrowed my driveway for a backhoe to come in and excavate his lawn to repair sewer damage. The little mini kabota did a number on my driveway (scraped and ripped up chunks). It was already in rough shape anyway - 45 degree angle, sunken in where the tires drive, bumpy.

My neighbour and I have discussed the repair of the driveway, but I know he has just paid a whopping amount to fix his plumbing problem; they are good neighbours and I like them and want to maintain a good relationship with them. He has suggested having the driveway patched, but I don't really like that idea because then you have splotches of new asphalt randomly dotted amongst the old asphalt. So then he suggested resealing it.

I'm putting my house on the market this summer and I don't want to turn away prospective buyers with poor curb appearance. Any suggestions on the most economical/best solution for this problem?

Thanks very much!

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Old 07-09-2008, 04:01 PM   #17
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The short answer is get two recommendations from pros. Find out if your drive is worthy of patch repair, and the cost associated with the repair or replacement.

Since the drive was already in rough shape I would most likely have the neighbor pay me the cost of the patch repair and seal job. But, I would not do the repair. Instead I would apply that money to a new drive.

How many patch's are we talking about here?
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:25 PM   #18
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Well, I'm not exactly sure how to answer that question. I've never seen it done before so I don't know how it patches - does it cover a bunch of small areas or does it cover a larger area? There are lots of spots all over the driveway that are bad.
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:24 PM   #19
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Sounds like you may want to replace rather than repair. Especially since your gonna be selling.

Don't feel bad for neighbor who spent on septic repair. Think how bad off he would be if he was not able to use your drive.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:35 PM   #20
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I agree with you, I'm just not really great at being assertive. If you were my neighbour, how would you respond to that idea? Any suggestions on how to broach the subject?
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:45 PM   #21
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you could call some asphalt contractors in your area and get an estimate on having a 1"-2" overlay over your existing driveway. It is much less expensive because they don't need to dig up and haul away your asphalt. They will need to patch any areas with cracks because they will travel up threw the new overlay. But dips and chunks will cover up when they lay down the asphalt. The most important part of an overlay is the prep work. So make sure they put a SOLID covering of tac (tac is what makes the new asphalt stick to the old) over the entire driveway. It will be less expensive for you and your neighbor to go in half on. Good luck Karen66.

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Old 07-09-2008, 09:15 PM   #22
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I like that idea. Tell the neighbor you expect him to pay 20% of the cost. Be sure to get the $$$ before you agree to have your contractor do the work.

How long is your drive?
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yea, 20% would be more reasonable than 1/2 since the driveway was already in need of work.
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Here is my advice. When you see the guys hooking up the road and there a private contractor. There is your man. Ask them to swing by and take a look. Or if you see a crew doing a grocery store or other big parking lot ask them to swing buy. They would probably have enough left over to knock out a driveway no problem.
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Thanks for all of your suggestions! I will do some checking and looking around and see who is available/ cost, etc.

I appreciate all of your input. Have a great summer!

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Hi Karen:

My .02:

If you lay another couple of inches of new asphalt over the existing patched and worn driveway, the new is based off the old. It's just a salesman's way of getting something instead of nothing, if full replacement is not in the budget.

When you have a driveway that you know is shot, bite the bullet and replace it. You won't be sorry. Otherwise you're throwing good money to bad.
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I agree with you in theory, but in practice I have a couple of issues: 1) I have a non-existent budget. Seriously. And 2) the plan is to sell the house and "they" say not to spend money that won't be returned in the sale price. The house was a real junker when I first walked into it and the landscaping consisted of an over-grown rhubarb patch and swampy backyard. And as my mother keeps reminding me.... I still bought it. In the winter time I have to park at the bottom of the driveway and, depending on the day, pull myself up over the sheet of ice that extends between me and the doorway. It's not fun. But if it weren't for the excavation skidmarks, I hadn't had any intention of repairint the albeit needy driveway. It just wasn't in the budget.

I don't want my neighbour to pay for my bad driveway, but the sewer problem made it much worse - even the gravel underneath the driveway at the bottom is starting to seep out and the ashpalt above is "rolling" away.

Yes, I need a new driveway; but it's just not in my bank account.

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I agree with the 20% suggestion too and understand your situation. Be prepared to hear some negative stuff from the apshalt comapny about the exposed crush run (gravel).
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It is very helpful to be armed with all of this information - understanding correct terminology and process - so I can better ask for what I want and know whether or not I'm getting it.

Thank you for your input and encouragement!

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You need to make it very clear that you only want the broken up areas repaired before the overlay. That is all that is really necessary before an overlay. I have worked for a City for 23 years and we budget overlays every year. It is just not practical to tear out an entire road and put in all new asphalt (unless it's necessary) when you can only repair the damaged areas and get the same results and life from an overlay. Just as you would, a City or County would also go broke if they only replaced with new every time. Trust me, your driveway will be fine with an overlay. As long as the proper repairs are made with a good base. Let me know what contractors tell you. I would be willing to call and speak to them for you if you would like. If I was to do that it would be very helpful if you sent pictures of your entire driveway and the areas that need repair. My e-mail address is kbrena@comcast.net in case you are not able to post on DYI web site.

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