Troubleshooting Common Problems When Attempting DIY Pavement Crack Repair

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Your driveway is easily one of the first things people see when they arrive at your home and for this reason, most homeowners deeply care about its aesthetic appearance. While a paved driveway is almost always the preference, over time, damages and cracks can start to show up, making your drive appear neglected. If you are like a lot of homeowners, you will head off to the local home improvement store and pick up a pavement crack repair product to fill in the gaps. While even the instructions on these products sound simple, repairing cracked pavement can bring about a few problems. 

Problem: The crack filler material will not adhere to the existing pavement. 

Cause and Solution: You have to make sure that the crack you are trying to fill is free of debris and does not have any grass or vegetation growing through, or adherence will be almost impossible. Crack filler products contain poly-resin ingredients that are designed to adhere to pavement, and if anything gets in the way, it will not stick. Further, some pavements are not as accepting to crack filler because it is not very porous. If you have tried filling a crack and the material just hardens and breaks loose, you will likely need professional attention. 

Problem: The crack filler is a totally off color tone than what you expected. 

Cause and Solution: It is very difficult to match the color of a crack filler to your existing pavement. At most, you will find just a few color choices of dark gray or even off white. Therefore, if you choose to do crack filling on your own, you still may have to use a dyed sealer to make the drive a uniform color again. Professionals use various techniques to match crack repair material as closely as possible to the existing color of your drive and can usually get much closer than a store-bought product. 

Problem: After the crack filler has cured, it pulls away from the edges and sinks down into the crack. 

Cause and Solution: In most cases, this is caused by trying to fill a large gap with the filler material. Most pavement crack filling material purchased in stores is only good for a gap that is narrow, and if you try to use it on anything very wide, you will see dramatic shrinkage after the product has dried. Of course, you could continually apply more filler until the gap is filled, but this can be time-consuming and expensive. 

For more information, contact a paving contractor in your area.

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