Asphalt getting replaced is determined by a few key factors. Depending on the surface and what purpose it serves, there’s a question of usage volume, types of traffic, etc. These all contribute to the wear and tear that you’ll see come up for that surface. Here are a few tips to identify when and why asphalt is being replaced, if you need to do anything on your end, and what makes the difference.
Do I need to replace the asphalt in my driveway?
Every so often, you will need to replace the asphalt in your driveway completely with a repaving. Sometimes there will be small cracks and damage build up, but those are patchable. However, if you notice one of the following types of damage, a resealing may not cover all of the apparent issues.
Plant overgrowth and infusion into the foundation – overgrowth of plants is a huge factor to damaging asphalt pavement.
Cracks expanding due to inclimate weather – cracks will come up often in asphalt if it’s not being tended to and cared for consistently. Even with proper care, water damage can rise up and cause issues occasionally.
Melting – melting damage will be something you often cannot deal with yourself. This will infringe on the foundation structure and cause potholes in your driveway, cause pressure build up, and other long term issues. Amending this as early as you can with professional assistance to avoid having to replace the driveways paving or work on it in further depth later on.
When will the city repave an area?
If there is a consistent report of an issue sprouting up with a particular area, you will see the city you live in tends to those issues with repaving. However, for the most part, every 10 years or so asphalt needs heavy maintenance. Unfortunately, with the volume of traffic using streets and highways, you’ll see less maintenance done on them for minor issues. Since minor issues and roads being blocked off will cause a bunch more traffic clogging up.
The backlash from this hassle is not worth the minor repairs in most cases, unless the issue poses a threat and can cause damage to the vehicle operators driving through the area. Take your time around areas with less attention and lower traffic volume, as they often are attended to the least and have only routine maintenance done.
Sealants are great additions to avoid deterioration and further damage to your asphalt pavement. If you are able to apply these early on in the process of them being a part of your property, you will see a much greater probability of not needing as much work done in the long term.
Any paving needs
For any paving needs that may come up, give us a call today. We’ll take into account the time that you’ve had the surface, how it’s been worked on up to this point, and what is the best course of action to be taken moving forward. For more information you can visit All American Paving & Seal Coating website.