4 Steps to Restore Your Asphalt Driveway

4 Steps to Restore Your Asphalt DrivewayLearn how to restore and repair your asphalt driveway in four easy steps. From filling potholes to removing stains, we guide you through driveway maintenance and driveway sealing in this DIY project.


Skill
Intermediate
Time
Few Hours
Cost
Less Than $500

What You Need for This Project

How to Restore an Asphalt Driveway

  1. 1

    Clean Your Driveway

    • Clear your driveway of any objects like cars, toys, basketball nets, and other items.  
    • With a broom, clean the entire surface, make sure it’s free of dirt and debris. 


    Removing Stains:
    • Cover the stain with a generous amount of cleaner and let it stand for 15 minutes.  
    • Scrub the area with a stiff bristle brush and then wash it away with water. 


  2. Steps:

  1. 2

    Repair Cracks


    • Repair the cracks in your driveway with crack filler.  
    • This can be done using a caulking style applicator, or with a putty knife.  
    • Wait until it is completely dry before moving on to the next step.


    Note: Follow the manufacturer's directions when filling a crack. 
  2. Steps:

  1. 3

    Fill Pot Holes & Depressions


    • Fill the crack or pot hole to within 1 inch of the asphalt surface with fine sand.  
    • Then add pot hole and depression filler and leveler to level the surface.  
    • Wait until it is completely dry before moving onto the next step.  

    Note: Follow the manufacturer's directions when filling a pot hole or depression. 
  2. Steps:

  1. 4

    Seal Driveway


    Apply the appropriate sealer to your driveway with a long-handed roller in 4 in. by 4 in sections.
      
    Tip: Cross-roll using perpendicular strokes in each section for better coverage. 

    Note: Read and follow the label directions for best results. 
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Driveway Maintenance Tips

Now that you've finished cleaning, repairing, and sealing your driveway, it is important to follow our driveway maintenance tips by staying on top of cleaning and making repairs. 
  • Wash your driveway regularly  
  • Wash your driveway regularly  
  • Fill holes as soon as they appear. 
  • Trim your grass regularly to avoid weed encroachment.  
  • Seal your driveway every one to three years.

How to Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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