A crack in the driveway will spread like infection through an asphalt surface until it gets fixed. Leaving a crack to spread has the potential to completely ruin a driveway, so it's important that you fix it yourself or hire a professional to remedy the problem. Fixing a crack in an asphalt driveway is fairly simple and can be done by following the steps outlined below.

To complete this task you will need the following items:

One hard bristle brush or broom

Asphalt-emulsion crack filler

One caulking gun

A putty knife

One pair of rubber gloves

One pressure washer

1 - Start by taking a hard bristled brush and sweep the driveway to remove all the dirt and debris. Remove any broken pieces and make sure there is nothing obstructing the surface area. Make sure that the area that you plan to cover is clean so that the sealant can properly adhere to the surface.

2 - With the surface clean, you are now ready to fill the cracks with the asphalt-emulsion. Make sure that you put on a pair of rubber gloves to avoid getting any of the emulsion on your skin. Apply the filler to the cracks using a caulking gun. Make sure that every inch of the crack is filled and then smooth out the surface with a putty knife.

3 - Let the asphalt-emulsion dry for a full twenty hour period before you allow anyone to walk on it or park a car. If you allow pressure to the area before the asphalt-emulsion is dry then you could potentially leave a permanent imprint in the driveway.

4 – Take a pressure washer and wash the surface after it is completely dry. A pressure washer will clean the asphalt and give it some much-needed shine to make it more appealing to the eye.

Following the tips outlined above will help you fix cracks in the driveway, but if it doesn't work or you don't have time to do the job yourself then you should call a professional asphalt specialist. A professional will be able to fix larger cracks or holes that are deeper than just a couple inches in size. Consulting with a professional asphalt specialist whenever you have cracks is always advisable to make sure that you are getting the proper type of asphalt-emulsion that will adhere to your driveway. They can also give you an estimate on what the cost of completely replacing the driveway will be. Contact a company like Lakeridge Paving Company for more information.