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Refurbishing your Driveway

 

 

Although asphalt driveways are amazingly durable, after time, the surface can become pitted and cracks can appear. In wet weather, water can build up on the driveway, causing it to seep into the surface. When this water freezes, it expands forming pockets; this causes cracks to develop. Once cracks appear the problem can rapidly get worse as the cracks allow even more water to get into the surface. Therefore, you should aim to fix any damage as soon as possible.

 

Repairing Cracks

Drive Fill Pothole Repair Drive Fix offers a cost effective and quick solution when it comes to fixing cracks in your driveway. So you can deal with the problem before it gets any worse!

Here’s how to use it:

  • Sweep the area around the crack to remove debris.
  • Clean any dirt or debris from the crack itself with a wire brush.
  • Once the area is clean, pour Drive Fix into the crack and smooth it over with a trowel.

 


Repairing Potholes

In cold, wet weather, water freezing beneath the surface will expand, this causes pockets to form. Over time these pockets will become larger until the drive above collapses in, forming a pothole. Potholes are unattractive to look at and can be very expensive if you hire a contractor to fix them. Fortunately, you can fix those potholes quickly and easily yourself with Drive Fill.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll fill potholes in no time:

  • Ensure your pothole is free of dirt and debris and any standing water by giving it a good sweep with a stiff brush. Be as thorough as possible, if you don’t get rid of all the loose debris in the hole your repair will not bond well.

  • Apply the primer to the hole with a paint brush, this will help Drive Fill to adhere effectively.

  • Pour Drive Fill into your pothole and allow it to sit slightly proud of your pothole (over filled slightly, so it’s just higher than the hole itself).

  • Compact with the back of a spade, shovel or compactor (tamper). Drive Fill needs to be compacted as much as possible to remove pockets of air and to prevent water seeping in. If this is not done properly, any subsequent traffic may simply sink in to the repair.

  • Once compacted your newly repaired pothole will be ready to drive over immediately.



Refurbishing Driveways

Drive Rescue

Over time asphalt can become faded, develop stains or even begin to crumble. A tired crumbling driveway can let the rest of your house down; Drive Rescue offers a quick and effective solution. Drive Rescue is a black solution that will penetrate and bind asphalt together, reducing crumbling as well as filling small cracks and protecting against water and frost damage. Drive Rescue will also leave your drive with a smart black finish. 


Preparation:

  • Before applying Drive Rescue you need to sweep your driveway to ensure it is clear of debris and similar. 
  • We recommend a jet wash and a good scrub to remove any tough dirt - but allow your driveway to dry before using Drive Rescue!

Application:

  • pour a small amount of Drive Rescue into a painting tray, or another suitable container
  • First apply the solution around the edges of the drive using a 5"  Paintbrush.
  • For the rest of the drive - pour Drive Rescue straight from the container onto a small section of the drive at a time, using a soft broom to spread and work it into the surface. 


For faded, stained and weathered driveways, Black It (our bitumen based dressing) offers an alternative solution. Black It can be applied with a roller just like a paint. It will then be absorbed by the asphalt and, once it’s dry, look like a freshly laid drive!



Resurfacing Driveways

If your driveway is beyond a simple refurbishment or you’re thinking about getting it re-laid. Why not try Drive Top, our thick flexible coating for resurfacing asphalt and concrete driveways. Drive Top transforms worn, pitted concrete and asphalt to give an attractive, sealed drive. 


Preparation:

  • Sweep drive well to remove dirt and debris
  • Fill any big holes in concrete drives with our Epoxy Repair Mortar.
  • If your drive has been painted in the past, remove any flaking or loose material - Dry, well bonded paint can be lightly abraded to provide a key. 
  • Clean the driveway of any grease or oil deposits using Clean It. 


Application:

  • Remove the bag of product from the tub and knead it on the floor to thoroughly mix it and disperse any lumps. 
  • Tip the contents back into the bucket where it’s easier to handle. 
  • Pour the Drive Top onto the surface and spread in one direction with a trowel or squeegee. 
  • Use a paint brush to cut in around the edges of your drive.

Note: Do not apply thicker that 2mm in one application and do not add water. 


 

Painting Your Driveway

Drive Grip

Drive Grip is the perfect way to give your drive an anti slip finish while brightening up worn concrete or asphalt at the same time. Drive Grip has a very fine grit (similar in size to sand particles) pre-mixed into the paint, which gives it strong non-slip properties. Its matt finish also helps to hide any little imperfections in the surface too, thus actually improving the appearance of your floor.

How to use Drive Grip:

  • Sweep the area with a broom to remove any dirt and debris
  • Remove any oil or grease stains with Clean It to ensure the paint has a clean surface to adhere to. 
  • Stir the product well and then apply Drip Grip with a brush or roller (normally only one coat is needed, unless you are applying to rough or porous surfaces)
  • If second coat is needed this can be applied after about an hour (depending on conditions)


Warning: Check the weather forecast before you start, you’ll need at least a couple of rain free days. It’s also a good idea to avoid windy days as you don’t want debris to be blown onto, and stick to, your freshly painted drive. 


Drive Grip is available in the following colours:

black

white

true blue

brick red

stone grey