Repairing a Cracked Driveway

As part of our Simple Fix series, we’re bringing you one easy way to solve a problem plaguing many homes, a cracked driveway. Not every driveway job is something you should tackle on your own. However, if you have a number of small to moderately sized cracks in your driveway, then the following tip is for you.

The Tools You’ll Need

Here are the items you’ll need to get the job done:

1. Tape Measure
2. Polyethylene Foam (widths may vary)
3. Flathead Screwdriver
4. Asphalt or Concrete Sealant (in a tube)
5. Push Broom

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Quick Note:

Make sure you choose the proper sealant for your driveway. There is sealant for both asphalt and concrete driveways. Be careful you grab the right one for your job.

What to Do

Step 1: Prep the area(s) in need of repair by using your push broom to clear away any debris, dirt or small rocks.
Step 2: Take your tape measure and measure the depth of the cracks you want to repair. Larger cracks that measure over 3/8 of an inch in width or in depth will require that you use the foam rope pictured above. Smaller damaged areas can be patched up with just the sealant.
Step 3: Fill the crack with your foam. Use your flathead screwdriver to push the foam into place. Just the upper portion of the crack needs to be filled. Be sure to leave a enough space on top for your sealant.
Step 4: Take your tube of sealant and load it into a caulking gun. Squeezing the caulking gun, apply the sealant evenly over the top of the foam-filled crack.
Step 5: Allow your sealant to dry for 24 hrs. before you use your driveway again.

Have you ever had to patch your own driveway? Have any tips for fellow readers? Leave any suggestions in the comment section below.

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