Planning to repair your asphalt driveway on your own? Or maybe you're a new contractor and you're looking for a comprehensive asphalt crack cleaning guide? Then check out our handy asphalt preparation guide below.
Proper Asphalt Preparation (+ the Best Tools and Equipment for the Job)
When it comes to asphalt maintenance, conducting fantastic crack repair is just one step of the journey. You also have to clean out the cracks properly to ensure that the crack filler bonds to the sides and create a water-tight seal.
Before firing up your asphalt crack filler machine, you have to get rid of dirt, debris, and vegetation first. Here are some of the tools and equipment you can use for this task.
Small residential and commercial properties
If you own a small residential or commercial property and you're planning to DIY, just use a hand wire brush to get rid of loose rocks, dirt, and weeds between the cracks. Get ready for this task because it's going to take a lot of elbow grease.
Vast residential and commercial properties
If you own or work at a midsized or large commercial or residential property, then use a wire street broom to get rid of dirt and debris. It's going to take a lot of elbow grease, too, but at least you're not hunched over the ground like when you use a hand wire brush.
If efficiency is your priority, then use a crack cleaning machine. This gas-powered machine feature a durable rotating wire wheel that removes rocks, dirt, and vegetation from the cracks.
Does the property have overgrown vegetation bordering it? Then use a sidewalk edger to cut grass and expose the borders of the parking lot or driveway.
When you're done removing loose rocks and vegetation, go ahead and clean the area thoroughly using a gas-powered blower. Here at Asphalt Kingdom, we offer a wide selection of entry-level, mid-range, and pro blowers you can use. Some of the brands we offer include Land Shark and Billy Goat.
When conducting asphalt driveway repair or parking lot repair, make sure to check the forecast for precipitation. We also recommend that you monitor humidity levels before heading out to work.
Have questions about the tools and equipment we mentioned above? Or do you want to dig deeper into the subject of asphalt surface preparation before sealcoating or crack repair? Then give us a call at 1-866-399-5562 and we'll be happy to answer your questions.