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Driveway Repair and Replacement Tips

Oct 7


A concrete driveway replacement near me can still be repaired, while others need to be replaced. Concrete and asphalt make up 90 percent. However, there are many other options, including cobblestone, crushed stone, gravel, cobblestone, and interlocking concrete pavers, available in various designs. 

Stone and gravel prices range from $1 per square foot to cobblestone paving at $13 or more.

We'll help you make an informed decision by laying out the pros and cons of each significant driveway material, as well as the costs, as well as some of our recommendations.

 We'll first detail concrete and asphalt repair methods to make your driveway (and outdoor workshop/basketball court) last as long as possible.


Concrete Driveway Repair Tips

It doesn't matter if your driveway has potholes and puddles. It's as simple as spending a few dollars. An asphalt topcoat, for example, costs $2 per square foot. 

This is roughly one-third of the cost of a complete driveway redo, which includes soil preparation, gravel, and two coats of asphalt.


How to Repair a Crumbling Driveway

You should replace your driveway if it is falling apart, has heaved, or subsided significantly. If water is seeping into your subsoil, it should be replaced. Cracks can lead to water seepage into the subsoil around your home. This causes further damage and erodes the driveway base.

Repairing Cracks in Driveways

Depending on the type of driveway, almost any size crack can easily be repaired with concrete or cold patch asphalt. Or with very effective specialty materials.

Make small holes and cracks in plants and other debris. Then, hose them and spray weed killer. You can use effective patching products to repair cracks as small as 3/8 inches. 

You can also mix concrete with a trowel and apply it to the surface.

Repairing large holes in your driveway

Fill large cracks and holes with gravel to a depth of 4 inches. Pour concrete on top of the existing surface. Tamp it with a magnesium flotation and finish it with a flat trowel, broom, or a flat trowel. The patch must be smaller than the rest to ensure its durability. Winter freeze/thaw cycles can cause damage at 30,000 psi.

Tips for Asphalt Driveway Repair

Clean cracks and debris from concrete. Then hose them down and spray them with weed killer. Make sure to patch when the temperature is at least 60 degrees F so that the repair material can cure. Fill 1/2 in. Fill cracks with sand until 1/4 inch. Add asphalt filler to the surface. Dalton's Pli-Stix is another option. This crack-and-joint sealer, which looks like a rope, melts using a torch.

For holes 1 through 2 in. Dalton's Tamp & Set Patch is $9 for 3 1/2 gal. Trowel & Spread Patch ($6 a gallon). Mix sand with blacktop sealer until stiff, then apply it using a trowel. 

Use mineral spirits to clean up and gloves.

Pour gravel into holes up to 4 inches deep. After completing the surface, the trowel in 

Dalton’s Super Patch ($7/gallon). Or, shovel in cold-patch asphalt in 1-in. Layers of asphalt should be packed tightly as you move along the 4X4 or the head with the sledgehammer.

After patching, seal your asphalt driveway. A 5-gal. A 5-gallon pail of sealer (from $9 to $16) will cover approximately 300 sq. ft.