You have noticed signs of wear on your asphalt driveway. Should you replace the entire surface or fix the worn-out areas?
Paveway Asphalt Paving and Sealcoating can fix the minor problems. We recommend fixing issues before they transform into bigger problems. At times replacing the entire driveway works out better than repairing patches.
Do you need to replace or repair your driveway? Here are tips to help you decide what to do for different problems.
- Still water
Small pools of water could imply an issue with the drainage system. Ideally, your driveway should be constructed in such a way that it slopes to enable accumulated water to drain away.
Continued use and exposure to harsh elements leads to the formation of depressions and pits, which act as water containers. Still water can damage the top asphalt layer if some cracks exist within the structure.
During winter, thawing and freezing enhance the rate at which water seeps into the structure. Poor drainage calls for the replacement of the entire driveway surface. Failure to address the problem early enough can eventually damage the asphalt structure.
Asphalt is made up of aggregate and binder. Exposure to natural and man-made elements weakens the bond between the two components. Gravel pieces may become loose enough to appear on the surface.
We can treat raveling early enough through the sealcoating process. Keep in mind that failure to address the problem can lead to adverse effects. In the beginning, only fine aggregate particles are loosened, but eventually, larger fragments start to break free. The driveway surface begins to take on a rather unpleasant appearance.
- Alligator cracks
We wouldn’t consider an alligator with a smooth back as attractive. We have come to love the rough pattern found on the reptile’s back. However, we don’t want such an appearance on our smooth driveways!
Overlapping cracks facilitate breaking of larger sections of asphalt. The appearance of such cracks signify that the subbase has been exposed to damage. It could be time to replace the driveway by installing a fresh subbase and top layer.
- Numerous failures
Your asphalt driveway may crack longitudinally or transversely. Longitudinal cracks don’t imply that the entire path has to be replaced. The problem can be fixed by filling or paving. The appearance of numerous cracks indicates a serious problem.
A series of transverse cracks can lead to ugly alligator cracks if action is not taken to correct them. If you find yourself dealing with multiple failures in your driveway, you may be dealing with a damaged subbase. Attempting to repair the structure might not be the best way to go because the issues may present themselves later on.
It gets to a point where even an expertly installed driveway needs to be replaced because of age.
- Missing sections
Once alligator cracks attack your driveway, it is wise to replace the surface. Delaying the repairs can result in severe problems. The cracked pieces may get separated from the structure, forming potholes.
Cold-mix asphalt may keep the structure together for some time, but won’t spare you from replacing the entire driveway at some point. It doesn’t fix all crannies and nooks of the pothole, meaning that water finds a way through the cracks.
The appearance of one pothole is likely to lead to more problems such as alligator cracks and other potholes. Replacing the entire structure could be the best way of fixing the problems.
Paveway Asphalt Paving and Sealcoating
We hope that this post has given you a deeper understanding of what needs to be done. If you are unsure of the problem with your driveway, contact our professional team for answers.
Our asphalt specialists will evaluate the condition of your driveway and advise accordingly. Reach us on (856) 535-6112 for quote, we price-match the competition!