How To Repair Cracks In Asphalt Driveways

By Todd Fratzel on Product Reviews

Driveway Crack Repair

If you own an asphalt driveway in a part of the country that freezes in the winter then most likely you have visible cracks in that asphalt driveway. Cracks are typically formed as a result of the freeze/thaw action and frost heaves. It is important to repair those cracks in the spring after they appear to help keep those cracks from turning into much larger problems. Fixing cracks is better than finding out Blacktop Driveway Cost to replace the whole thing.

Once a pavement cracks it allows water to seep down into the sub-base. The water can then freeze and create even worse frost heaving and additional cracking and failure of the pavement. Sealing cracks in asphalt driveways is a very easy do-it-yourself project that doesn’t require any special tools or knowledge.

Last week I sealed several cracks in my driveway. I used Latexite 2X Premium Asphalt Crack Filler with pretty good results. The product is really easy to use. First you need to clean out the crack making sure to remove any debris, grass or old crack filler. Then you cut the tip on the bottle and fill the crack. They recommend that you slightly overfill the crack to allow for drying shrinkage. The crack filler dried really hard and seems to have filled the cracks well. Hopefully the cracks will stop opening up and the sealer will keep out the additional water and frost heaves.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today's Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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3 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Hi Todd,

    Would you happen to know what to use to fill gaps in a walkway made of slate, besides weeds of course?

  2. Steve says:

    Hi Todd,

    I live in NH also. How did this product perform now that it’s gone through a few winters?

    Thanks

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