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Does Resurfacing Concrete Last?

Many homeowners notice changes to their concrete driveway, sidewalk, and garage floor over time. Regular wear and tear can make the surface unsightly, or even dangerous. Concrete resurfacing one of the most popular concrete repair methods. But does it work?

Concrete Resurfacer Basics

A concrete resurfacer can be more costly initially than regular concrete. However, the expense is worth it. Why? Unlike using regular concrete, the concrete resurfacer has bonding agents, making it one of the more effective concrete repair methods. You will avoid crumbling and deterioration by using concrete resurfacer.

Key Characteristics of Concrete Resurfacer

There are several key characteristics of concrete resurfacer that differentiate it from regular concrete. Here are some of the more important points:

  • Concrete resurfacers are self-leveling
  • They spread and pour easily and quickly
  • No troweling is necessary
  • They create a strong bond
  • Stronger than regular concrete
  • Come in one color though tins are available

Will Resurfacing Work?

For minor cosmetic issues, concrete resurfacing is a good way to fix minor issues like small cracks or discolorations. However, resurfacing a small area will not address any serious underlying problems. Additionally, grease and oil stains can affect the overall durability of the surface. You will need to remove them.

If you have a serious underlying issue, it is best to contact a professional for an assessment of your driveway or garage floor. They will be able to tell you if you need a major repair or if the damage is minor. Call our professionals today if you need an estimate for your home. We have trained professionals with years of success and excellent customer service

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How Do You Fix Sunken Asphalt?

Over time your driveway suffers ongoing wear and tear from constant use. Over time you will find that damage will happen regardless if you have a concrete driveway, driveway pavers, or asphalt. Asphalt driveways often end up with sunken spots, usually right where you park each day. Cracks, potholes, and other wear develop.

Should you repair cracks and potholes in your driveway? To prevent damage to your vehicle, slipping hazards, and more expensive damage, repaving your driveway is key. You need to repair the damage whether you have driveway pavers, asphalt, or concrete. Driveway pavers can sometimes have an easier repair since you can simply repair the damaged pavers.

Before you plan to fix your sunken asphalt, be sure to plan around a sunny time of year. You want the driveway to be free of debris, dirt, moisture, and water before beginning the repairs. Loosen damaged asphalt with a putty knife. To patch the area, you need a solid edge. Vacuum and sweep any debris. Scrub the asphalt using dish detergent and hot water. Give your driveway time to dry before attempting a repair.

  1. Coat the damaged area with Asphalt Emulsion

Use a putty knife. Seal the bottom of the patched area first. You do not need to wait for the asphalt emulsion to dry before proceeding to the next steps.

  1. Shovel a two-inch layer of the asphalt repair mix into the sunken area

Tamp down the mix with some scrap lumber. Repeat the process until you reach the top of the asphalt. You want to add the mix slightly over the sunken area.

  1. Drive over the patched area

Place a piece of plywood over the mound of asphalt repair mix. Drive over it several times. Flatten out the packing mixtures.

After you have fixed the patch, leave it alone for a few days. Don’t drive on it or walk on it. Repairing your driveway yourself may not be possible for a number of reasons:

  • The damage is structural or severe
  • The driveway needs to be replaced
  • You cannot repair the patch yourself because of physical limitations
  • You want to repave the entire driveway

Call our professionals today to help you with your driveway repair. We have high quality experienced contractors that ensure you the best in driveway paving and repair.

 

 

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How Do You Apply Cold Patch to Asphalt?

Maintaining your asphalt driveway lengthens the driveways lifespan. There are various pothole repair methods available. Apply a simple cold patch to your asphalt driveway for minor potholes. How do you apply a cold patch to asphalt? Follow these simple instructions below.

What Causes Potholes

You can repair a shallow pothole with a cold patch. This is one of the easier do-it-yourself pothole methods. If you need to repave or replace your driveway, be sure to call the professionals. Potholes often occur due to extreme weather conditions. Snow and ice cover your driveway. When the weather warms, water seeps into the cracks of the driveway. Freezing causes the water to expand, causing cracks and unsightly potholes.

Potholes can cause danger to pedestrians. They can damage your vehicles, mainly the tires. Not only that, they are an eyesore. If you don’t repair a pothole, it grows into a larger problem that can be much costlier.

Applying the Cold Patch

Many homeowners choose a cold patch. The cold patch comes in bags. Patch holes as small as several centimeters across. Originally cold patches were a temporary solution. Newer technologies now make it a more permanent solution. The newer cold patch options have polymers. They increase adhesion overall. The cold patch will stick to the older asphalt in your driveway.

Newer cold patches flow slowly like lava from the bag. The materials start curing immediately. Make sure the bottom of the pothole is larger than the top of the pothole. Use a chisel for constructing vertical faces on the sides of the hole. They need to stretch down to the previous layer of solid asphalt. Make sure the pothole is clear of debris and dust.

Apply at least a few centimeters of material. About five centimeters is ideal. Any more and the material may take too long to harden. Use a hand tamper to compact the patch. Wait at least a day before driving or walking on the cold patch. You do not need to seal a cold patch immediately. Typically, you should wait a month before sealing.

If your pothole damage is severe or you would like an assessment on how to best fix your asphalt driveway, give our professionals a call today. We are here to help you.

The Proper Way to Fill a Pothole

The Proper Way to Fill a Pothole

The only thing you get if you fill a pothole incorrectly is a larger pothole in the future.  When you fill in a pothole the wrong way, you’re just going to see it come back, time after time, year after year.  Epic Paving knows the right way to fill a pothole to permanently solve your pothole problems.

So, how do you fill a pothole, then?  We’re glad you asked.

The first step is to remove debris from the hole itself, until your reach the subbase.  You don’t want loose asphalt or dirt and debris in your pothole; you can’t get a solid patch with that in the way.  You then want to ensure you have clean edges – we saw around the hole to create a fresh surface, in order to allow the asphalt mix to bond with the existing asphalt.  Craggy surfaces can make that bonding less clean.

We dig right down to the subbase when we repair potholes to ensure the integrity of the repair – otherwise, you have a thinner layer of patch on top of old asphalt on top of the subbase.  That’s where you see crumbling happening – that lowers the structural integrity of the spot, and you’ll just get potholes again.  By repairing down to the subbase, we’re creating the strongest patch possible.  Once we’ve dug down and cut around the hole, we remove any remaining debris.

The next step surprises some people – heat the pothole.  This removes existing moisture, which is important because moisture is the number one cause for asphalt failure.  It also softens the asphalt around the pothole, which helps improve the strength of the bond between it and the patch.

At this point, we’re ready to add the new asphalt, and then compact it to create the bond.  Once the asphalt is cooled, it’s generally OK to drive on it immediately, getting your surface back to action quickly and efficiently.