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Four Sure-Fire Asphalt Patching Techniques

There’s no need to call a repairman every time there’s a crack in your driveway – unless, of course, it’s a massive one. You can quickly patch up asphalt yourself with one of four different methods, depending on the severity of the crack and how much time and money you want to spend on it. So get brave, put on your hard hat, and let’s get started!

ABC Asphalt, Inc. will highlight the four sure-fire asphalt patching techniques homeowners can use to repair their driveways and parking lots.

Throw and Roll Pothole Repair:

Potholes are a tragedy of the winter months. As snow and ice build up on the surface of your asphalt, they create a perfect breeding ground for potholes. Water seeps into cracks in the asphalt, freezes, expands, and then melts again come springtime. This freeze-thaw cycle causes the asphalt to weaken and eventually break apart, leaving a nasty pothole.

An ideal way to repair a pothole is with the “throw and roll” method. First, you’ll need to clean out the pothole by removing loose debris or standing water. Next, fill the hole with cold-mix asphalt patching material until it’s level with the surrounding pavement. Once it’s filled, compact the material using either a hand tamper or a gas-powered plate compactor.

Semi-Permanent Pothole Repair:

A higher and a better degree of throw and roll asphalt patching is the semi-permanent pothole repair. This asphalt patch uses a hot mix, which is less susceptible to wash-boarding and rutting. While not permanent, this technique will last long enough to get you through the winter months.

The semi-permanent technique requires efficient surface preparation by removing water and debris inside and around the pothole. The patching materials are then poured into the prepared hole, and the space is compacted with a vibratory roller after the area surrounding the pothole has been cut.

Spray Injection Pothole Repair

It is another popular asphalt patching approach. As the name implies, the spray injection method uses a high-pressure hose to remove water and debris from the hole. The aggregate and asphalt are then injected into the cavity using high-pressure injections. This technique does not need compaction, which is an essential advantage over the other methods.

Spray injection is ideal for treating transverse cracks and potholes because it is quick, easy, and less invasive than other methods. It also doesn’t require as much heavy equipment.

Full-Depth Patching Pothole Repair:

Among expert asphalt contractors, the pavement-industry standard technique for permanently repairing asphalt issues is full-depth patching. While one of the most successful asphalt repair and patching processes, full-depth patching is also the most challenging.

The first step in repairing a pothole is to dig out at least four inches of depth and one foot from the region surrounding the pothole. A tack coat is applied before asphalt mix is poured into the hole. A backfill is used and repair work to ensure excellent adhesion of the materials to the surface.


If you require a quick and easy asphalt patch, one of these four methods will do the trick. But remember, if it’s a bigger job or you’re not sure what you’re doing, always call in the pros!

ABC Asphalt, Inc. is here to help with all your asphalt needs in Denver – from repairs to the new installation.

Get a free estimate today, and let us know how we can help make your property look its best.