Posted on: 16 June 2019Share
If you have opted to have an asphalt driveway installed over a concrete driveway, then you are well aware of the benefits of having done so. Asphalt is significantly resilient; however, like any other structure, it will eventually start to experience damage. For instance, cracks and divots will begin to develop as a result of the weight of vehicles parking and driving on the surface as well as the continuous freeze-thaw cycles during the winter. Eventually, these areas in the asphalt will require repairs, and there are a few different ways that your asphalt pavement can be repaired, depending on the severity of the damage. Here are three of them.
Repair #1: Filling
You will want to walk the perimeter of your asphalt surface on a regular basis so that you can examine it for visible signs of damage. It is common for cracks to develop, but it is the size of these cracks that will determine what type of repair will be needed. Generally, if the cracks are less than a quarter-inch in width, then there is no significant damage occurring beneath the surface of the asphalt, meaning that you can repair the cracks easily with a liquid crack filler. If you feel up to the challenge, you can purchase this filler at a local home improvement store and repair the cracks yourself.
Repair #2: Patching
Now, if the cracks in the asphalt surface are larger than a quarter-inch in width, the fix is not as simple. These larger cracks tend to indicate that there is more severe damage occurring underneath the surface. More often than not, simply filling the crack will not repair the problem. Instead, the crack/hole will need to be patched with a material that is stamped down to match the height of the asphalt that has been previously laid. This is also a project that you can do on your own, if you feel up to the task.
Repair #3: Replacing or Resurfacing
Patching issues with your asphalt can keep your damaged asphalt going for a few more years, but it only serves as a temporary fix. If your asphalt surface continues to develop more large cracks/holes, it is time to consider having it replaced. If replacement is not in your budget and the foundation is deemed by a professional to still be in good enough shape, resurfacing your asphalt surface may be an option. Unlike the other two, replacing and resurfacing are projects that are best left to the professionals.
For more information, contact asphalt paving companies in your area.