Driveway Repair

Big Joe’s Sealcoating offers a wide range of asphalt driveway repair and maintenance services. Choose the ones that best fit your specific needs.

Trowel-Grade Crack Filling (Optional)

This is the crack filler that comes out of a bucket and is used by most companies. It is not a long term fix which can start splitting open in as little as a few weeks. This crack filler’s effectiveness is determined by the condition of the asphalt. This crack filler could last several years OR it could start to split open in a couple days if your asphalt shifts and moves under the weight of vehicles. Crack filler will not make the cracks disappear but will help in specific situations where it is applicable.

If applicable on your driveway trowel grade crack filler would be applied to most cracks that are at least 0.25 inches wide and over 0.50 inches deep. Does not include cracks that are less than one foot from asphalt edges. Cracks will be filled at the discretion of the crew supervisors. We will NOT come back to fill more cracks.

Slurry Sealcoating (Optional)

This is the process of mixing special-grade silica sand into the sealer to create a thicker sealer. Sand is added at a ratio of 2 – 5 pounds of sand per each gallon of bulk sealer. Slurry sealcoating will not make your driveway look brand new, but it will do a lot more than sealcoating alone can do.

You might be thinking:

  • What is the point of a thicker sealer?
    A thicker sealer is great for filling in all the dimples and cracks on an old, beat-up driveway.
  • Why not just repair the driveway?
    Addressing every problem of an old driveway with specific repairs like hot rubber crack repair can become outrageously expensive. Sand is cheap, so applying a slurry seal is a much more affordable option for an old, tired driveway without much life left in it.
  • Why can’t you do a slurry seal on every driveway?
    While slurry sealcoating is an amazing solution for a very old driveway, it has some drawbacks:
  1. Slurry seals wear away faster on smooth surfaces due to the added traction from the sand.
  2. The sand in the slurry seal can get streaky on smoother driveways, leaving an unappealing finish. When this happens on old, beat-up driveways, it’s not very noticeable, and even if there is minimal streaking, the old driveway still looks ten times better afterward than it looked prior to sealing.

Pothole Patching (Optional)

Patching and pothole repair is an essential part of asphalt maintenance. Patching is necessary to prevent localized pavement distress and avoid safety hazards. It is important to repair a pothole in your driveway before it gets larger. If not addressed, the pothole will continue to expand over time until the structural void is filled in.

Pothole patch cannot be used for every depression in a driveway. The patching material requires a definitive significant depression with steep angles. Patch cannot be used in shallow depressions or to level an uneven driveway. The illustrations below show which type of repair can be made using asphalt patch.

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