How to Fix Crumbling Asphalt Driveway: The Definitive Guide

The ways to fix crumbling asphalt driveways can be divided into multiple parts.

  • Crack and small hole filling.
  • Pothole repairing.
  • Resurfacing/Resealing.
  • Fixing crumbling edges.

I will be discussing the ways you should follow to do the above repairing processes successfully.

It’s easy to repair without hiring any professionals in most cases.

Nonetheless, it’s wise for some tasks to take assistance from a professional instead of doing it yourself.

Bear with me. I will let you know where you should hire a reliable contractor in the process of letting you know the way of fixing crumbling asphalt driveways.

How to Fix Crumbling Asphalt Driveway

Crack and Small Hole Filling

Crack, and small hole patching doesn’t require you to hire any professional. However, if the hole is fairly big, and you don’t have any prior experience, you should hire one.

Patching crack requires the following tools –

First, use the screwdriver to dislodge the loose materials between the cracks and get the weeds out. If you want to restrict the weeds growing back after crack filling, better use any weed killer.

If the crack is wider than usual, better use a wire brush instead of a screwdriver to dislodge the gravel, debris, and dirt. It will get the job done quicker for sure.

Once you dislodge all those loose materials, now it’s time to wash the area properly.

You can either dry clean the surface using a leaf blower or wash it properly using the garden hose attaching to the Hyde Pivot Jet Pro.

However, if there is any grease mark, stain, or algae near the cracks, you must use the necessary chemicals and water to clean them up.

Give the surface ample time for drying if you wash it with water. It would help if you used the leaf blower to remove any standing water.

Once the area dries, pour the asphalt crack filler into the cracks carefully to fill them up. You can optionally use a putty knife to flatten the bead after applying the filler.

If the crack is more extensive, for instance, larger than 1/2″, you better apply driveway patch instead of filler to get the best results.

Let the filler cure for at least 1 to 2 days (see the manufacturer’s recommendation).

Potholes Repairing

Potholes are pretty common for any concrete or asphalt driveways. Potholes occur as the asphalt tends to break down over the course of time. Moreover, thawing after the winter season is also responsible for depressed areas.

Potholes require repairing. However, pothole repairing is a relatively straightforward process.

Driveway pothole repair materials –

First off, the obvious: clean the pothole area to remove all those gravel and debris entirely (Using a hose attaching to the pivot jet and any regular detergent).

Next, remove any standing water; you can use any push broom to do that. Don’t forget to remove weeds if there is any.

Now, it’s time to apply the pothole patch. I recommend using Henry Asphalt Permanent Pothole Patch as it’s easy to use right off the bat without needing to trouble yourself in mixing anything. It costs low too.

Just upside down the bucket and pound the patch down. Use the tamper to level down the patch. If you need to level more than two inches, use another bucket of the pothole patch. You can use a piece of wood as an alternative to the tamper to level down the patch.

After tamping it down, use some crack repair along the edge of the pothole.

Give it at least one full day (24 hours) to dry.

Remember, if you have any plan to resurface or recoat the driveway, give it at least three weeks to dry before you recoat.

Resurfacing / Resealing

Resurfacing or releasing will prevent future damage and increase the appearance of the driveway.

So, after filling up the cracks, potholes, you can take resealing into consideration to make the asphalt driveways or pavers even more long-lasting.

Resealing will get better traction to the driveway as well.

Resealing materials that you should gather before starting the process –

Mix the asphalt driveway sealer thoroughly. Using a paddle mixer attached to a cordless drill will make it easier to mix the solution with ease.

Use the paintbrush to apply the sealant along the edges of the driveway surface layer.

Now, pour the resurfacer/ sealant along the driveway. Then use the squeegee to spread the sealant evenly along the width of the pavement.

Take assistance from someone to pour the resurfacer, and you do the spreading using the squeegee. It will help to finish the process in a quick time.

Give it enough time to cure before you allow heavy vehicles or any sort of vehicle traffic. Follow the manufacturer’s manual.

Fixing Crumbling Edges

The edge of the asphalt driveways tends to crumble more than the concrete driveways.

Fixing crumbling edges is also manageable by one person. However, if it’s a large area (e.g., the entire edge), you may want to hire a professional for this task.

The steps are pretty similar to the ones I’ve discussed so far. You don’t have to do anything fancy here.

Start with dislodging the loose materials first and wash the affected area. Let it dry a bit.

Then apply asphalt cold-patch along the edges and tamp them down.

Final Note

These are ways to fix the crumbling asphalt driveway to make it long-lasting and prevent any injuries due to the cracked driveway.

Every step I’ve discussed above is DIY-friendly, and anyone can get the job done well. But if you have to deal with a lot of deep holes, or anything that involves a lot of work, feel free to hire a reliable contractor.

Either way, don’t go cheap when finding the necessary tools. I’ve recommended the best tools, in my opinion (follow the links placed on corresponding tools).

Now it’s your turn.

Related Resources:
#1. Best Driveway Sealer Reviews: Top 6 Picks.
#2. How to Seal a Concrete Driveway: A Step-by-step Guide.
#3. Asphalt vs Concrete Driveway: Key Differences Explained

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