A crack filler is a substance used for filling holes or cracks in driveways and other solid surfaces. Its main purpose is to prevent water from working its way into the surface, gradually destroying the foundation. Another benefit of crack fillers is to improve the curb appeal of your area.
This crack filling procedure is your first option for effectively protecting your asphalt or concrete driveway. It's cost-effective and it can be done by DIY homeowners. With the right tools, you should be able to do crack repairs on your own.
Concrete cracks are caused by overloading, growing weeds, or standing water that works its way under the surface. If the cracks aren't fixed asap, it will cause an even bigger problem down the road. The goal is to prevent further damage by crack filling.
For cracks up to 1" in width and 1/2" in depth, use our Hot Pour Rubberized Crack Filler. It's incredibly effective for filling and sealing cracks in concrete or asphalt surfaces. This crack filler dries fast but before use, heat it in a hot crack filler applicator or kettle melter.
Make sure that you wear appropriate clothing when doing driveway repairs. Use protective goggles and gloves. You may need a small hammer, wire brush, air compressor or shop vac. Prepare the affected area by getting rid of all debris or weeds in the cracks. Use the air compressor or shop vac for eliminating debris in the cracks. The surface must be thoroughly cleaned before applying the crack filler. After filling the crack, push the crack filler using a pointing trowel.
Asphalt is the most common material used in driveways. It's a tar-like substance with a smooth texture when heated and mixed with other substances. Asphalt is used on residences and public roads.
If you are filling a smaller crack, use Deery Crack Sealer, applied hot on the surface and dries in just about 30 minutes! Ensure that you are heating it at the correct temperature which is 380 - 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not overheat as prolonged heating may affect the quality of this crack filler. You can also use this crack filler in colder temperatures but you will need to heat the pavement by either a lance or a torch.
How to Apply:
Ensure that the asphalt surface is clean. Get rid of all loose debris and kill weeds with vinegar so they do not sprout back. You can apply the filler with a caulking gun or carefully pour the material into the crack. Smooth out the area with a putty knife.
Another good option for cracks less than half an inch is our Liquid Crack Filler. With its easy-pour spout, you can quickly fill cracks in your driveway.
If you are repairing cracks wider than 1/2" or a heavily cracked surface, use our Gator Patch. There is no need to get heavy equipment for application; a squeegee would suffice. Simply follow the mixing instructions and pour the material into the crack and use the squeegee for spreading it in. Never use this crack filler when the asphalt surface is wet or when the temperature does not reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Moisture can wreak havoc in your asphalt or concrete driveway. The key to preventing further damage to your foundation is through crack filling. It's not only going to improve the appearance of your concrete driveway but it also ensures the longevity of your driveway. With the right crack fillers and tools, you should be able to effectively repair your concrete and asphalt surfaces. If you want to provide an extra layer of protection to your asphalt and concrete surfaces, consider sealcoating the repaired driveway. Do make sure that you wait at least 3 months before sealing the asphalt or concrete. The best time to seal would be in the summer when the temperature reaches at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
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