Many people have a paved driveway or patio around their home. While pavement typically lasts for a decent amount of time, there is a good chance that it will end up cracking at some point in time or another. When it starts cracking, it can look unsightly and pose a health hazard for those walking on it. You don't want someone to trip and fall because their shoe got stuck in the hole in the pavement. To restore your pavement and get rid of any cracks, follow these simple tips below.
Sweep off the dirt and debris.
One of the first things to do is to take a broom and sweep off the debris and dirt from the area to prepare the surface. Make sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies to best make sure all of the large particles are gone from the surface. You cannot reseal the surface if you don't start with a clean slate.
Wash it down.
Even after sweeping the surface, there is a chance that some small dirt particles might remain behind. To make sure everything is gone from the surface, use a hose and wash the area down thoroughly. Once you have saturated the area, you can take a squeegee and pull off any excess water from the surface. This will also help to pull off any remaining dirt that sweeping might have missed.
Apply the sealant.
Once the area is clean and dried, you are ready to apply a sealant to the area. With the sealant, you will want to start in one corner and work your way down and across until you reach the other corner at the bottom of the pavement. Work in steady strokes and use the squeegee to smooth the surface and create an even appearance. Make sure to pay special attention to where any cracks are. You want to apply extra sealant in those areas to fill in the gaps and restore the pavement's smooth surface.
Depending on how badly damaged your pavement was, you might need to apply a second coat once the first one has dried. Take a look at how your pavement looks and feels to determine if a second coat is needed. If you still notice cracks or gaps, it would probably be best to err on the side of caution and put a second coat on.
By doing the things above, you can restore the appearance of your pavement and keep anyone walking on it safe. Contact a paving contractor for more information.