Got A Crack In Your Asphalt? Reasons You Should Avoid Repairing It Yourself

Posted on: 17 December 2018

Home improvement stores sell kits that allow you to fill in small potholes or repair minor cracks on your asphalt surfaces. As such, if you notice a crack or hole forming, you may be tempted to grab one of these kits and make the repairs yourself. But before you head to the store and purchase a do-it-yourself asphalt repair kit, you may want to learn some of the disadvantages of doing it yourself. Here are a few of the reasons why you may not want to repair it yourself and may wish to hire a professional instead. 

Do-It-Yourself Repairs Do Not Last as Long as Professional Repairs

One of the reasons why you should avoid repairing an asphalt surface yourself is because do-it-yourself repairs do not last as long as professional repairs. A professional uses hot asphalt to seal cracks and fill in holes. The average homeowner does not have access to the equipment that heats asphalt up as hot as a professional does. The asphalt that is used in do-it-yourself kits does not heat all the way up, which means it does not expand and seal as well as the asphalt a professional uses. In turn, the repair does not last as long, and you may find yourself needing to re-repair the surface in a short period of time. 

If the Repair Is Done Improperly, It Can Shorten the Lifespan of Your Surface

Another reason why you may wish to avoid repairing an asphalt surface yourself is because an improper repair can shorten the lifespan of your surface. If a repair is not properly made, water and moisture can make their way through the improper repair, damaging the foundation of your asphalt surface. This can lead to more cracking and potholes, which ultimately shortens the life of your surface. 

Your Asphalt Surface May Need More Work Than Just a Crack Filled

The last reason why you should leave asphalt repair to the pros is because, in many cases, your asphalt surface needs more repair than just filling a crack. You may have multiple cracks or imperfections or you may need your asphalt surface sealed after the crack is filled. As such, you may wind up having to call in a professional to complete the others tasks anyhow. A professional can properly evaluate your surface, determine what work is needed and then make all the repairs you need. 

While there are many projects you can do yourself around your home, repairing an asphalt surface should not be one of them. If you have a crack or pothole forming in your asphalt surface, leave the repairs to an expert. Contact an asphalt repair service today to schedule an appointment to have your surface inspected and to have the proper repairs made.