With the end of winter in sight, you may find yourself getting anxious to get outdoors and spend some time in the sun and the warm air. However, the spring season also means that you will need to do some work on the outdoor spaces around your home to help them recover from the harsh winter conditions that they just endured. Out of the various aspects of your outdoor spaces that may need your attention this spring, your paved surfaces are likely one of the most in need. Get to know what you should do to ensure that your paved surfaces look fabulous this spring so that you can better enjoy your time in the great outdoors once winter has passed.
Inspect All Paved Surfaces And Assess The Damage
The first step that you will wan to take is to simply inspect your paved surfaces and assess the damage that has occurred. Take note of any cracks in the paved surfaces and how large those cracks are. As you do so, be sure that you pay attention to the length of the crack, meaning how far it extends through the paved surfaces, if it is a straight line or if it looks more like a spiderweb, and how wide the crack is (meaning how far the pavement has separated).
You will also want to look for pits or potholes in your concrete and asphalt surfaces as well as any more extensive damage. The more cracks and pits there are, the more likely it will be that you will need to remove and replace all or part of it rather that just repair it. Spiderweb-style cracks are also indicative that the pavement needs to be removed and replaced as repairing those cracks is often in effective as they continue to spread in various directions.
Patch Small Pavement Flaws And Replace Areas That Are Severely Damaged
If you only have small flaws in your driveway or sidewalks, you will be able to quickly and relatively easily patch and repair them. Asphalt repair requires you to fill the crack or pothole with asphalt filler. You completely fill the damaged area with the asphalt filler and allow it to set. Once the area is dry, you reseal your asphalt and you are good to go.
For your sidewalks and concrete surfaces, you can perform similar repairs. However, if you have small concrete pavers or segmented sidewalks, it is sometimes easier to remove the paver or segment and simply put in new concrete. When the damage to your paved surfaces is extensive, though, such as instances of those spiderweb cracks or if there are simply numerous areas of damage on the same continuous surface (like your driveway), replacing the surface is the more efficient option.
With these steps in mind, you can be sure that your paved surfaces look great this spring and you can truly enjoy your time outdoors knowing your outdoor spaces look phenomenal.Share