If small holes have formed in your asphalt patio due to moisture and inclement weather, learn to how to patch them with the following steps. Once the patio is level, add a coat of sealer to its surface to protect it from moisture-related damage in the future.
- industrial detergent
- scrub brush
- wire brush
- water hose
- asphalt patch
- hand shovel
- tamping tool
- asphalt sealer
- paint tray
- paint roller
- roller frame and handle
Clean The Patio And Remove Debris
Remove branches and twigs from the patio by hand. Sweep the patio's surface to remove smaller pieces of debris. Use a wire brush and soapy water to eliminate any small particles that are stuck inside of the holes in the patio. Move the brush back and forth and collect any small fragments of asphalt that break off. Dispose of the loose pieces and rinse the entire patio off with a steady stream of water from a water hose.
Repair The Holes
Fill a hand shovel with asphalt sealer and insert it in each hole in the patio. Pack the sealer down so that is it firm. Smooth out the surface of each repaired area with a hand trowel until the new asphalt is level with the rest of the patio's surface. Place the end of a tamping tool over each repaired section and press it down while holding the handle to assist with compacting the repaired areas. Wait a few hours for the asphalt to dry.
Add Asphalt Sealer To The Patio's Surface
Pour some asphalt sealer into a paint tray until it is almost full. Dip a paint roller that is connected to a roller handle into the sealer until it is evenly coated. Apply the sealer to the patio in straight lines. Begin at one end of the patio and continue moving over so that the sealer is applied smoothly. The sealer will will act as a barrier and protect the asphalt from moisture-related damage.
Wait for one full day for the sealer to dry. During this time alert family members so they do not walk on the patio. Otherwise, post a sign to inform everyone that the surface of the patio is wet. After the sealer dries, it will look great and its surface will be smooth. Maintain the patio by removing debris from it and rinsing its surface off on a regular basis. For assistance, talk to a professional like Mariotti Bill Site Development Co Inc.