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Do-it-Yourself Driveway Repairs: Is It Worth It?

Posted by Shell Zhang on

If you’re hoping to keep the surface of your driveway smooth and sleek for years to come, it’s very much possible to do so with a DIY approach to sealing asphalt. Don’t worry if you're not quite convinced, though, because there are several other benefits that are sure to sway you...

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All You Need to Know About Repairing Driveway Cracks

Posted by Eduardo Sciammarella on

You should never ignore a crack in your asphalt driveway, no matter how small and unassuming it might seem. Chances are you spent a lot of money getting yours installed and keeping it looking at its best. A crack of any size is likely to affect its strength and compromise its curb appeal. Plus, the longer asphalt cracks are left, the bigger they'll get. The good news is that it’s really easy to fill cracks in your driveway yourself, as long as you use quality equipment and approach the task in the right way. To make sure you get everything...

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A DIY Guide to Patching Concrete Driveway

Posted by Eduardo Sciammarella on

A DIY Guide to Patching Concrete Driveway Concrete is one of the best materials you can use for your driveway, given that it is both very strong and extremely durable. Still, your concrete surface will require regular maintenance if you want it to last a long time.  Unfortunately, though, potholes are pretty much inevitable no matter how well you maintain your concrete driveway, caused as they are by natural weather conditions and the weight of heavy vehicles. These pesky holes are cause for concern, as they have the potential to cause damage to your car’s wheels and even to the...

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Crack Sealing Configurations and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Posted by Shell Zhang on

Cost-effectiveness is often the preferred method of determining which materials and procedures to use. We reviewed a cost effectiveness study on crack sealing materials for a U.S. State DOT. The study involved the construction of four experimental test sites within larger crack sealing projects. These sites include combinations of two sealant materials and six sealing techniques. The two materials were Right/Pointe and Maxwell. All hot poured crack materials met the ASTM D6690 standard. The crack sealing technique included both non-routed and routed methods. Non-routed methods consisted of the Simple Band-Aid and Capped configurations. The Band-Aid configuration used a V-shaped or U-shaped...

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To Rout Cracks or Not Rout Cracks?

Posted by Shell Zhang on

There has been a lot of research done on whether it is better to rout cracks or not. To make a long story short it is not clear cut. The long story is that it depends on whether you are taking a short or long-term view. Like many things a higher up-front investment gives you a longer term outcome. A lot of research shows that cracks that are routed last longer than cracks that aren’t routed. The trade-off is that it is more expensive to rout cracks for several reasons. First of all you have a higher labor, time, and...

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