When Should You Consider Resurfacing Your Asphalt Driveway?

If you own an asphalt driveway, it can last for twenty years or more when properly maintained. However, even this extremely durable material does eventually require replacement. Yet there are times when people think they need to replace asphalt when resurfacing would give them the results they desire.

Resurfacing Versus Sealcoating

While both resurfacing and sealcoating can make your driveway look like new again, there is a difference. Sealcoating is a preventive measure, not meant to fix problems but to protect the surface of the asphalt. Resurfacing is used to add a layer of asphalt over a structurally sound foundation, fixing some surface issues.

What Resurfacing Can Fix

Asphalt is damaged from pressure, moisture and other elements. The top layers can crack or crumble, or indentation can occur that can lead to water pooling. Resurfacing can fix many of these asphalt issues, giving you a new top surface that is level and looks like new again. However, it is only effective when the foundation is still solid and functional; resurfacing is usually only recommended if less than 30% of the total surface is cracked or damaged.

When Repaving is Necessary

Resurfacing is a good option when damage first begins to occur, but it cannot fix all asphalt surfaces. When the problems are at the foundation level or there is extensive damage to the surface, repaving may be needed.

If you are not sure what level of repair or maintenance you need on your asphalt driveway, contact a local asphalt contractor for an inspection. They can evaluate your driveway and give you options. Often resurfacing is a cost-effective solution that can add many years onto the life of your driveway and make it functional and beautiful again.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

4 Indications Your Asphalt Driveway Needs Help

Asphalt driveways can last for many years when maintained – usually at least 20 years with regular sealing and repairs. However, environmental issues and heavy traffic can impact asphalt and cause premature wear and tear. Catching issues with your pavement early is important to get them repaired before they lead to complete asphalt replacement. Here are four indications that your driveway needs help or repair.

  1. Do you have puddles form on your driveway when it rains? This is a sign that your asphalt has unlevel areas and may be sinking, or the base is eroding underneath. Unlevel areas will likely become pot holes if not repaired.
  2. Crumbing edges. If pieces of asphalt are beginning to crumble on the edges of your driveway, you should seek repair before it becomes worse and spreads to the interior.
  3. Cracking in asphalt is a normal occurrence as the soil shifts, expands and contracts underneath. However, cracks need repair and you may need sealant to help protect it from further deterioration. If not repair, water can seep under the pavement and cause more damage.
  4. Pot holes. If a pot hole begins to form on your pavement, call your local paving contractor for repair. These holes can be fixed, but if allowed to progress, they could destroy the integrity of your driveway, allowing more water under the asphalt that will cause more erosion.

Catching and fixing problems with your asphalt driveway in the early stages can stop further destruction of your pavement. Keep up with regular sealing and initiate asphalt repairs to help make your asphalt last longer before resurfacing or replacement is needed.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Don’t Let Asphalt Potholes Become Sinkholes Over the Winter

Do you have a few potholes in your asphalt driveway or parking lot that need to be repaired? While it is understandable to put off repairs for better weather, you could be creating a bigger problem. Small potholes in your asphalt can quickly grow, creating large craters or sink holes if the weather turns cold or wet. By spring what could have been a small asphalt repair may require an entire replacement, costing you much more by waiting a few months.

Potholes are formed when soil is moved under the pavement. This usually occurs after small cracks begin to form on the surface of the asphalt from hot weather and pressure from vehicles. The small cracks allow water to penetrate the asphalt, getting under the pavement. The worst damage occurs when that water freezes and expands, pushing dirt away to make room for the ice. As the water melts, a hole is created under the asphalt and with pressure, a pothole forms.

Once a pothole is in place, it can only grow. More water is allowed under the pavement and a cold freeze during the winter is the beginning of a possible sinkhole. Once that frozen water melts, the soil may be so eroded that a large hole concaves and creates a major hazard in your pavement that must be replaced.

Don’t let a small pothole grow over the winter months. Now is the time to call your local paving company to have those potholes repaired before they become larger over the cold winter months. It is worth the investment in a small repair to avoid more expensive repairs or complete asphalt replacement in the spring.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Choosing a Professional Driveway Repair Service

Have the seasons been taking their toll on your driveway over the years? Are cracks and holes beginning to form, spoiling that smooth, even texture it once had? You can restore that look and salvage your driveway with the help of a professional driveway repair service.

A good choice in repair service would be experienced in most common paving materials, and offer a wide selection of styles and colors for pathways, patios and other paved surfaces around your property.

Concrete and asphalt paving requires an even subgrade below the surface. It’s crucial to ensure that settling and cracking won’t eventually leave your driveway falling apart in short order. Small areas where cracks have formed can often be repaired with just a sealcoat, averting the expense of a full repaving job. Asphalt overlays are another way to upgrade your driveway without having to start from scratch. Your local repair service will be able to advise you on your best options.

As with any service, check online for reviews and testimonials for local companies. Ask around your neighborhood, home owners association or chamber of commerce for recommendations. If there are examples of their work nearby you can examine, that’s a huge plus in making your decision.

Look for high quality materials and strong warranty coverage on all services. Ask about package deals that may be available for combining driveway work with hardscaping, for example. You may be able to consult on a design for your entire property at a steeply discounted rate, and earn rebates for referrals.

Don’t just settle for a functional driveway. Add aesthetic form and appeal with the help of your local driveway repair professionals.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Stages of Asphalt Failure

Asphalt is a very durable paving surface and can last for decades when maintained properly. However, eventually the material will begin to deteriorate and comprise the sub-base underneath. This is usually a slow process and often when the first signs of damage appear, they can be repaired and extend the life of the asphalt. Knowing the stages of asphalt failure can help you catch and repair issues in the early stages to delay replacement.

Hairline Cracks

The first stage of asphalt failure is the formation of small, almost invisible hairline cracks across the surface. At this point, resealing the asphalt could prevent further damage. If those cracks are left unchecked, they will deepen to the next stage.

Noticeable Cracks

Once the cracks are noticeable, the asphalt is no longer water resistant. Water will penetrate the asphalt and begin destroying the sub-base. Every time a vehicle drives on this asphalt, it is wearing away at the foundation that is holding the asphalt in place.

Potholes

Once the sub-base is compromised, mud and soil from under the foundation will begin to work its way up through the asphalt. Eventually, the asphalt will crumble and create a pothole. If the pothole and asphalt is not repaired, the damage will spread until there is complete asphalt failure, possibly creating a sinkhole.

The best solution is to extending the life of your asphalt driveway or parking lot is to routinely have it sealed by a professional asphalt paving company. They can inspect your asphalt for the appearance of hairline cracks and give you recommendations on how to care for your asphalt. With proper repair and maintenance, you can add many years to the life of your pavement.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Asphalt Driveways: Repair or Replace?

If your asphalt driveway is 10-20 years or older, there is a good chance there is some damage to the surface. While asphalt is a durable surface, it does have a limited lifespan, even with the most diligent maintenance routine. So when do you only repair problems versus spending the money to replace or repave your driveway? Here are a few common asphalt problems and whether they are repairable. 

  • Grooves and dips. Over time your asphalt can form dips, grooves and depressions in the surface. These are especially noticeable if water is pooling on the surface. While this condition does need to be repaired, it does not necessarily mean the whole driveway needs replacement. In most cases these grooves can be patched or filled by your local paving contractor.
  • Potholes. Crumbling holes in your asphalt is a bad sign, but it does not always mean it is time to repave. As long as the foundation is still good, most potholes can be repaired. However, if you have too many potholes, it may be a better investment to repave.
  • Cracks. Most cracks are easily repaired as part of normal maintenance. It is only when the cracks are a symptom of larger issues underneath that repaving may be needed.
  • Narrowing driveway. If your driveway has noticeably narrowed over the years, it may be time to repave. The edges are where the most deterioration occur and eventually you may lose too much width to just repair. 

Your local paving contractor can inspect your asphalt driveway and give you a professional opinion on whether it is still worth repairing. Keep in mind that if your driveway is over 20 years old, it most likely will need to be repaved soon, so spending more money on repair may be a wasted investment.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 731-1722

Is Your Asphalt Falling Apart?

Most asphalt driveways and parking lots will last for 10-20 years, sometimes more. However, if you have an asphalt surface which is falling apart after only a few years, it’s not necessarily the asphalt creating the problem. For asphalt surfaces to last, they must be installed on a reliable subgrade or base rock surface that provides an even, stable base. If your asphalt is cracking, crumbling or sinking after only a few years, it may be what’s beneath the asphalt that’s causing the problem. 

Causes Of Subgrade Deterioration

There are a few reasons your subgrade or base rock may be deteriorating under your asphalt. To fix the problem, you will need to have a professional paving expert inspect your asphalt and surrounding area to find the cause of the issue. Some of the causes include: 

  • Water erosion. Depending on where your asphalt is located, it may be in the path of water runoff from higher ground, causing erosion of the earth below and around the laid asphalt. There may also be a water source, such as an irrigation system, which is directing water toward and under the asphalt surface.
     
  • Poorly constructed subgrade, If the subgrade or base rock was not properly constructed before the asphalt was installed, this might be why it’s prematurely disintegrating. A solid well-designed base is essential for long lasting asphalt. 

There are other possible reasons for asphalt breakdown, including insufficient depth for the traffic load and improper mixing of the asphalt components. To find out what the exact issue is, schedule an inspection with a reputable paving contractor who can find the source of the problem. It may be possible to repair and fix the problem before it ruins your asphalt, saving you the expense of complete replacement.  

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Asphalt Repairs & Maintenance Should Be Expected

Regardless of your geographical location or average daily temperature, asphalt needs maintenance and, occasionally, repair. Hot summers or cold winters, not to mention heavy rains, will eventually either cause some form of erosion or expose a faulty subgrade. If the subgrade or base rock has deteriorated underneath your paving, whether it be a parking lot, driveway, or walking path, then a crack will appear in the surface asphalt. 

Depending on the size of the crack or hole, and your own level of determination, it is possible to repair the asphalt yourself using a cold patching compound. This is a liquid filler made of adhesive compounds that begins to harden when it is exposed to air. However, to ensure successful application, you must first shape the hole so that it is nearly vertical, with the top of the hole being the same diameter as the bottom. Additionally, although this patch is almost as durable as hot mix asphalt, it is recommended that a period of thirty days lapse before driving on it. Of course, the most permanent remedy for patching asphalt is to fill them in with hot mix. As this type of asphalt repair, used commonly for roads and driveways, requires expensive machinery, it is best to have your local paving contractor do the work. 

Whatever your paving needs, commercial or residential, your local paving contractor can restore your asphalt surface to its former look of freshly laid perfection. They can make certain that your subgrade is repaired and ready for new asphalt; thus, ensuring that your asphalt problem is permanently resolved. Future cracking from water damage can be prevented by applying a fresh sealcoating. Workmanship and materials should be guaranteed with at least a one-year warranty.

Using the Infrared Process to Repair Your Asphalt

Asphalt is perhaps the top choice for paving.  It’s relatively inexpensive, strong, and durable. Your asphalt surface will last several years with the proper maintenance and occasional asphalt repairs. Therefore, it’s important that you have a plan to manage regular inspections and preventative maintenance of your asphalt. When your asphalt pavement requires repair, you have essentially two choices: conventional asphalt patching or infrared asphalt repair. 

With the conventional method of asphalt repair, cracks typically develop along the cool edge that lies between the new hot asphalt and the much cooler surrounding asphalt. Infrared asphalt repair is the process where your repairs are seamlessly and beautifully blended together with your current asphalt.  The infrared process doesn’t experience cracking because the edges of the repaired asphalt are thermally bonded with the other asphalt. Unlike the conventional method of patching and repair, there are no cold joints and therefore, there are no weak points to allow for cracking. 

The infrared process of asphalt repair is great for areas of high-traffic where there are potholes, uneven surfaces around catch basins, pavement heaving, or surfaces that are rough in parking stalls or drive lanes.  

This process typically requires that the area in need of repair be:

  • Blown or swept clean to remove all loose debris (sand, water, aggregate, etc.)
  • Heated to between 280 to 325 degrees for approximately 10 to 15 minutes
  • Raked to remove failed asphalt
  • Given an application of asphalt rejuvenator
  • Given an application of new and fresh asphalt that’s blended together and compacted using vibratory compactors and other equipment
  • Cooled before used 

The benefits of infrared asphalt repair are as follows:

  • No cracking (seamless repairs)
  • Cost effective (because of the need for fewer materials)
  • Time savings (faster than conventional asphalt restoration)

 

Contact your local paving company for answers to any questions you have regarding infrared asphalt repair.

Maintaining Your Asphalt Driveway

Whether you have  just installed a new asphalt driveway or have an older asphalt driveway, taking good care of it will help it give great service for many years.  Asphalt is an excellent driveway paving material, but it needs regular maintenance to provide the best possible performance.  Fortunately, asphalt driveway maintenance is relatively inexpensive and not too difficult.

Most asphalt driveway maintenance can be handled by a handy homeowner.  If you prefer professional maintenance, your asphalt contractor will be happy to handle your driveway maintenance.  In addition to keeping the surface free of snow, ice, leaves, and other debris, there are three common asphalt driveway maintenance tasks.  These are filling cracks, applying seal coating, and repairing potholes.

Cracks occasionally appear in asphalt driveways and should be filled as soon as you see them to help prevent water intrusion into the substrate.  Filling cracks can also help prevent them from spreading.  Your local home improvement center carries asphalt crack filler that is easily applied by following the instructions the come with the product.

Seal coating helps preserve the asphalt and fills tiny cracks.  Asphalt seal coating can be applied by the homeowner with products available at your home improvement center, but professionally applied seal coating will usually achieve better results.  Avoid seal coating too frequently.  Once every three years is about right for most asphalt driveways.  Seal coating too often is just a waste of money and will result in unsightly flaking.

Fill potholes as soon as they appear to limit further damage to the driveway or vehicles.  Like seal coating,  a homeowner can repair potholes using cold asphalt patch sold at home improvement centers, but for best results a professional repair by your asphalt contractor is preferred.