Lowe's Home Improvement

Repair Asphalt Driveway Cracks

The forces of nature do their best to break down asphalt, creating cracks and potholes. Repairing driveway cracks is a lot simpler than you may think.

Repairing Cracks in Your Driveway

Repair Driveway Cracks

Cracks up to one inch wide can be repaired with a pourable or tubed asphalt patch product. (Note that a tubed product requires a caulk gun for application.)

  1. Remove all dirt and vegetation from the crack with a wire brush, screwdriver, or trowel tool.
  2. Use a garden hose or pressure washer to flush out any remaining debris and allow the crack to dry before applying any crack filler.
  3. Next, give the bottle a through shake to ensure the material is completely mixed. Tubed product does not require mixing. Carefully cut the top of the spout to the desired width making sure the spout width is smaller than the crack.
  4. Fill the crack flush to the adjoining pavement.
  5. Smooth out the crack filler even to the height of the surrounding pavement.

During the drying process, the filler may soak into the crack and may need a second coat.  Allow the crack to dry 24 hours before applying a second coat.

In addition, you will need to wait at least 24-48 hours before driving or walking on the repaired area to allow the material to dry.  The product may take up to 6 months to fully cure.