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Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Tips To Prepare Your Asphalt Damage For A Protective Winter Sealcoating

by Nicholas Jenkins

With winter quickly approaching, you need to make the necessary repairs to prepare your asphalt driveway for the cold weather. Applying a sealcoating layer will seal your asphalt's surface and protect it from moisture penetration during winter, which is one of the main causes of winter cracking damage. Here are some tips to help you make repairs to your asphalt so you can apply a sealcoating layer to keep moisture out of your asphalt's sub-layer and prevent winter freeze-heave damage.

Remove Damaging Fluids

The first step to repairing your asphalt is to remove fluids from the pavement's surface that commonly cause damage. This includes gasoline, oil, and brake fluids, as they soften the surface of your asphalt and cause it to unravel.

Use an asphalt cleaning solution to scrub any surface fluid spots and rinse them off with your garden hose. You can also use a pressure washer to rinse damaging vehicle fluids completely from the surface of your pavement. It is important to rinse them to the edge of the pavement so they don't further damage any other areas of your asphalt.

Any areas where the fluids have begun to deteriorate the pavement need to be cut from its surface. You can use a circular saw and cut the top layers of your pavement, removing the damage. Discard it into a trash bin.

Repair Damage

Once you have removed any fluid damage, you will need to fill the void with repair asphalt. Depending on the size of the repair, you may be able to order a load of hot mix asphalt for the repair, or for a smaller repair you can use bagged cold mix asphalt filler from a local home improvement store.

Before you can apply the sealcoating, you will need to fill any cracks over the surface of your asphalt. Use your pressure washer or a broom to clean out any debris from inside the cracks and use a grinding tool to remove any loosened pieces of asphalt. Any material left in a crack can cause your patch repair to fail.

To fill smaller cracks, you will need to apply a rubberized asphalt emulsion crack filler until each crack is filled to its surrounding surfaces. If you accidentally overfill a crack, smooth the emulsion onto the surrounding surfaces with a putty knife. Larger cracks can be filled with a cold mix patching compound. If your larger crack is several inches deep, you can fill its base with gravel, then install the cold mix compound over the gravel, tamping it into place.

If you decide you'd rather have professionals prepare your asphalt paving, contact companies like Lakeridge Paving Company for more information.