If you have asphalt walkways on your business' grounds, and they seem to have suffered some damage due to the contraction and expansion of water during the winter, you will want to take the necessary steps in repairing them. Failing to make repairs could lead to injury to people or further damage to the asphalt, possibly costing you money in insurance or paving. Taking the time to make simple repairs can save you money until you are able to allocate funds from your company budget for an entire walkway revamping. Here are some steps you can use to patch your walkways on your own.
Do an Evaluation
Walk up and down each walkway on a dry day, taking note of any areas where crumbling or cracking is present. Draw a diagram of the walkways and indicate areas needing repair work with an "X". This will help you remember where damage is located. It will also help you determine how many supplies you will need to purchase to make the repairs.
Gather Your Materials
- Pressure washer
- Crushed gravel
- Rubberized cement
- Putty knife
- Sealant squeegee
Clean the Walkways
Before start making repairs, it is best to clean the walkways of all debris. This will ensure the filling agent you insert into cracks and crevices will adhere without any obstructions. Remove any crumbled asphalt from cracks and crevices by hand. Use a pressure washer to remove all surface dirt from the walkways. Allow the walkways to dry in their entirety before starting the repair process.
Fill the Voids
Use crushed gravel to fill in holes and cracks, giving the walkway increased stability as a result. Push this gravel into the crevices using the handle of a hammer to tamp the pieces in place. Insert the nozzle end of the rubberized cement into the gravel and squeeze the contents over the pieces, sealing them inside. Use a putty knife to spread the cement over the void, helping to keep the gravel inside. Allow the putty to harden.
Seal the Walkway
After the repaired portions harden, you can add a sealant to your walkways to give them a renewed coloring. This will also cover any damaged portions you had repaired, hiding them from view. Apply the sealant using a sealant squeegee. Rub the material over the walkway, making sure to spread it evenly. Allow this to dry in its entirety before using the walkways.
If you find the task overwhelming or too time-consuming, consider contacting a local specialist in commercial paving to get the job done well in a timely manner.