When to Repair
Properly laid asphalt can last up to 20 years if properly maintained. If you begin to see cracks, potholes, or rutting, it should be fixed as soon as possible. These are the cheapest and easiest problems to fix, but if left untreated, may cause issues with the underlying structure of the asphalt which can lead to complete replacement of the section or the entire lot.
When to Resurface (Overlaying)
If your lot is in bad shape and/or causing minor safety hazards, but you are unable to invest the money on a full replacement, resurfacing is a great option. Resurfacing adds a new layer of asphalt to the existing layer. Any existing cracks and holes must be repaired before the new layer is added, or it will cause the new layer to become uneven and lead to premature damage. If done correctly, resurfacing can add 5-10 more years of life to your lot.
When to Replace
While resurfacing is a great option, it won’t help with any structural, design issues, or major safety hazards. If you are thinking about resurfacing a lot that is in seriously bad shape, here’s some advice: don’t. The investment you put in to resurface will essentially be wasted, and you’ll end up spending more money in the long run because a full replacement will be needed soon after. For some lots that have fallen into disrepair over many years, it is much more cost-effective to completely replace the entire lot. The best part is with proper care and maintenance, it will last you another 20 years.
If you have been putting off repairing your asphalt surfaces, now is the time to rethink. Don’t let your little problems turn into big problems. Contact us today at A1 Professional Asphalt and Sealing today for an estimate. Our professionals offer years of experience and can handle all of your asphalt needs, leaving you with an amazing finished product.