Asphalt driveways are a standard for residential homes because of their durability, affordability, and sleek curb appeal. But like all things, over time, asphalt begins to show its age. Even with routine repairs and maintenance, driveways do not last forever.
We recommend sealing a driveway every three years, but if you notice some of these problems mentioned below it may be time to consider replacing your asphalt:
Cracks occur as a result of fluctuations in temperature, moisture, and movement of the ground beneath the asphalt online task planner. While cracking is normal and can usually be repaired and concealed with routine sealant application, excessive or wide cracks may be telltale signs of problems with the structural integrity of the driveway. If cracks – especially those around the perimeter of the driveway – are causing large chunks of asphalt to break off, it may be time to replace the driveway. Similarly, multiple connecting cracks across large surfaces of the driveway may indicate problems with the base or foundational layers of material under the asphalt. The only way to fix this is to remove it completely and install new asphalt.
Patching damaged areas of asphalt is a common routine maintenance procedure, but patches are not as durable as continuous asphalt. Not only are patches unsightly but they tend to break free and cause additional damage. Patching trouble areas should be regarded at a temporary fix.
Often a dull driveway can be remedied with a fresh application of sealant. Discoloring is likely the cause of prolonged exposure to the elements. It may also be an indicator of irreversible heat or water damage.
If you are not sure if your driveway needs repair or replacement, we can help. Contact us so we can assist in evaluating your driveway. We will recommend a course of action that will keep your driveway looking great!