Repairing Cracks in a Driveway
By: Danny Lipford
Cracks in a concrete or asphalt driveway need to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent water from penetrating through the surface and eroding the soil beneath the drive.
To repair cracks in a driveway:
- Use a screwdriver or putty knife to loosen and remove any weeds, leaves, dirt, rocks, or other debris from the crack.
- Sweep out the crack to remove any remaining debris.
- Check score joints for cracks that penetrate below the surface.
- Apply the proper sealant or caulk to the crack, depending on the surface.
Watch this video to find out more.
- Repair Cracks and Resurface a Concrete Driveway (video/article)
- How to Seal Expansion Joints in a Concrete Driveway (video)
- How to Repair and Seal an Asphalt Driveway (video/article)
Cracks in a driveway allow water to erode the soil beneath it, causing further damage, so it’s important to fill them. Begin by cleaning any weeds or debris from the crack with a screwdriver or putty knife and sweeping out the dirt. This will ensure that the repair caulk sticks.
There are specific formulas designed to bond, and blend with both asphalt and concrete drives. Liberally fill any crack you see and don’t forget to look inside score joints, if your drive is concrete.