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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


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.




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 Effects Snowy Weather Has on Your Asphalt

The Effects Snowy Weather Has on Your Asphalt

Months of ice and snow can wreak havoc on your asphalt surface.  The snow and ice – and, more importantly, the freezing and thawing – can have significant impacts on your asphalt’s structural integrity and cause harm to its longevity.

With over 20 years of experience, Epic Paving and Contracting has seen everything winter weather can do to your asphalt.  Here are some key important facts to keep in mind when dealing with your asphalt and Toronto’s cold weather.

Freezing and Thawing

The damage that snow does to your asphalt is linked to the freezing and thawing cycles.  As water freezes, it expands, and that’s bad news for your asphalt.  The water which has seeped into cracks and crevasses in your surface will expand, and that will cause those cracks to widen.  That compromises the surface, which is what, in turn, leads to potholes.

The Damage

You can avoid damage to your asphalt with regular preventative maintenance.  Filling in cracks to prevent water from seeping in is a good start, as are sealcoat applications.  If left unmaintained, the freezing and thawing cycles will take advantage of damage to your surface or subbase.  As the water expands, it widens cracks.  When it melts again, it seeps in through those widened cracks, under the sub-base, and damages the structural integrity of your pavement.

Hire the Professionals

When you have your asphalt properly installed by experts, like the professionals at Epic Paving and Contracting, you can avoid a great deal of this damage.   A solid sub-base, underneath your pavement, will increase the longevity and durability of your asphalt.  It helps prevent the shifting, cracking and sinking which create those weak points in the first place.  Proper asphalt mixes, designed to handle cold winter temperatures, are another must-have in order to avoid damage.

Does Salt Harm Asphalt?

Unlike concrete, asphalt is not negatively impacted by salt.  It won’t cause deterioration over time, and won’t cause potholes.  If your asphalt is already damaged, its possible salt will speed up the problem; after all, the damage is caused by water freezing and melting, and salt causes ice to melt.  That’s not the salt, though – that’s the fault of the already existing problems in the asphalt.

Asphalt Helps Snow Melt Faster

Asphalt is dark-colored, and that will actually help the snow melt faster naturally.  It absorbs more heat from the sun than light-colored surfaces like concrete, which in turn causes snow and ice to melt more quickly.  For that reason, asphalt is a great choice for parking lots, driveways and sidewalks in wintery conditions.