Asphalt paving brings forth a number of outstanding benefits to a homeowner who wishes to maintain a reliably sturdy driveway. Asphalt is definitely durable and durability remains a vital attribute for any exterior material to possess. Asphalt also comes with further added benefits other materials, such as cement, do not possess. The environmentally sound nature of asphalt contributes to the material's popularity. Asphalt is not powerful enough to maintain its pristine condition in harsh environments year after year, though. Cracks and other damage are sure to appear in asphalt when years of lengthy and harsh winters inflict harm. Taking an appropriate fix is recommended when such damage emerges. Also recommended is to avoid falling into the trap of believing in dubious quick fixes.
Cold Weather, Snow, and Damage
Rain and melting snow can seep into cracks in asphalt. In freezing weather, the water turns into expanding ice. Expanding ice can crack asphalt. Not dealing with minor problems might lead to the problems becoming worse. "Worse" becomes a euphemism for "more expensive." Still, there are those who worry about the costs of the minor fixes on asphalt. Numerous products are sold that claim to deliver minor fixes. Do they work?
The Over-the-Top Fix
For generally minor problems such as very little cracks, fillers promoted on television advertising may provide a fix. Certain patch materials may be able to handle deep cracks, but they are only going to be a temporary fix. Be sure the patch material purchased is worth the investment. New patch products that arrive on the home improvement scene accompanied by over-the-top advertising campaigns should be met with skepticism. This is not to suggest the products are fraudulent, but a little research should be performed prior to buying any of the products. Research should include determining the standard limitations for cracks and hole fillers. This is especially true for products claiming to deliver results just as effective as a full replacement.
Stick with Professional-Grade Materials
Professional patch materials, ones sold on the market for many years and available in reputable home improvement retail stores, may instill more confidence in a homeowner. Over-the-top claims are not likely to be found with these products. The instructions probably will list the limitations regarding the products use. For example, the patch material may be suggested for use with holes less than two inches deep.
Accept the limitations of what patch materials can do. If a professional asphalt paving job is the only way to fix things, then this is the route the homeowner may wish to follow.