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How to Fix Your Asphalt Driveway

How to Fix Your Asphalt Driveway
If your asphalt driveway is cracking or crumbling, Michael Bryan Landscapes is here to help!

Asphalt driveways are a popular choice for Maryland homes. They have a smooth, sleek look, are affordable to install, and last a long time. Although they do not require much maintenance, they will eventually show signs of wear and tear. It is crucial to address these issues before they become too serious. Nevertheless, Michael Bryan Landscapes is there to help with either small fixes or complete driveway renovations.


Raveling is one type of asphalt driveway problem in which the asphalt particles break down and allow for loose gravel. If the damage is limited to one spot, applying asphalt patch on a sunny, clear day will be sufficient. If the problem is widespread, there may be asphalt failure, and a professional should repave the driveway over completely.


Depressions in the driveway usually happen due to poor compaction in the construction process. You can fill the depression with asphalt patching, and this fix will last for many years. However, a more thorough repair would be to replace the structure from the bottom up.


Potholes are like fully-formed depressions. They can happen because of thawed ice under the asphalt or interconnected cracking that dislodged chunks of pavement. In either case, one can fill up the pothole with filler, making sure to clean out the hole first and compact the patching with a vibratory plate compactor.

Network Cracks

Alligator cracks and block cracks are both common. Alligator cracks form a network of lines across your driveway in a pattern like an alligator skin, and usually is a sign of wear from heavy traffic. Block cracking looks more square-shaped, as the name implies, and means that the asphalt can no longer expand and contract with the relative temperature. If the problem is small, sealing the cracks can help. Larger issues will need an expert’s assistance.

Line Cracks

Longitudinal cracks signal that something is wrong with the asphalt driveway’s base layer, while cracks along the edges are from heavy traffic. As with the other asphalt issues, filling the lines is a short term fix, but getting to the bottom of it requires a professional.

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