When filling potholes, you will use an asphalt patch product. It is best to use asphalt product that comes in a container instead of a bag. Bagged asphalt product gets compressed too easily which makes it a little more difficult to repair the pothole. It can still be done efficiently, however.
How do you repair a pothole?
The pavement repair process isn't difficult at all. In fact, most people can do it themselves. The first thing you want to do is clean the surface with a detergent or cleaner with a power washer. This gets the extra material out of the way. Use a push broom to remove any standing water as well. The amount of the asphalt product you use will depend on how deep the pothole actually is. When you spread the product around, use a tamper to smooth it out. If you don't have one, you can just something as simple as a piece of plywood to flatten it out. You can also drive over it with your car to make sure it's as flat as possible. After you flatten the product out, you could also take some crack repair and put it along the edges of the pothole so that it blends in with the rest of the pavement. This crack repair is optional, and it takes about 24 hours to dry. How long does it take bagged asphalt to cure?
Bagged asphalt will be ready for use immediately after application. If you continue to drive over it it will become harder and cure at a faster pace.
To make yourasphalt cure faster, you want to make sure that you are doing it at the correct time of year. You don't want to do it in the heart of summer, for example. This will make it harder to solidify and it will make it have a sticky texture to it. You should try to do it at the beginning of fall or the beginning of spring unless you live in a country with mild weather conditions. The first week after application you should spray your surface in the morning and at night. This makes the surface harder. Don't completely soak your pavement with the spray because you don't want moisture to lock into the mixture.
How long does it take to cure an asphalt driveway?
An asphalt driveway will take about 6 to 12 months. This depends on the severity of the weather, maintenance, and the quality of the asphalt you used. It should not be driven onuntil about a week after it has been applied. You should also avoid parking your car in the same spot on the asphalt for the first 30 days after application. Parking the car on it can create potholes. You should be able to walk on it the day after. You should also avoid making direct turns on the pavement because it will move the driveway around and separate the material because it isn't fully cured yet.