Maintaining your home can be difficult. From mowing the lawn and cleaning your siding to washing windows and replacing shingles on the roof, it is easy to see the overwhelming nature of home maintenance. While you may consider these tasks important, your driveway also deserves some attention. Considering your driveway plays a key role in your home's curb appeal and value, ensuring it is clean and in good condition is imperative.
Unfortunately, an asphalt driveway can crack and crumble after an estimated 15 years, decreasing your home's curb appeal and overall value. Proper understanding and ongoing maintenance can help you protect your home and investment. With this guide, you will learn when to patch, resurface, or repave your asphalt driveway.
Excessively high and low temperatures, the sun's UV rays, exposure to cleaners and chemicals and basic wear and tear will cause your asphalt to crack and break over time. Although normal, this damage will decrease the look and value of your not only your driveway but also your entire home.
If you have cracks or even small divots and dents in the asphalt surface that are less than a quarter of an inch wide, adding a liquid filling agent into these spaces can prevent further damage.
If cracks and dents are larger than a quarter of an inch wide or deep, should be patched. A patching compound specifically designed for asphalt is tamped down into these cracks and dents, creating a flat and even surface over the driveway. The patch will not only improve the look of your driveway, but it will also protect the underlying surface from further damage that could occur over time.
Patching a few cracks in your driveway is possible. However, numerous cracks, dents, and dings in your driveway will require a complete resurfacing. Resurfacing is a more involved process compared to patching, but it will be more efficient and cost effective than patching each crack and dent in the asphalt.
The resurfacing process involves scraping off and removing the top layer of asphalt. Then, a new layer of asphalt is poured. Since most cracks and dents affect the top surface only, resurfacing is usually sufficient.
Resurfacing is the middle-ground in regards to restoring your asphalt driveway. If your contractor notices the cracks are affecting the underlying foundation of your driveway, a complete repaving will be necessary.
RepavingRestoring your driveway may require a complete repaving. While more time consuming and costly, repaving is the most effective option for making your driveway look new. If you notice one or more of the following issues, it may be time to repave your entire asphalt driveway:
- Alligator Cracks – Linear cracks running through the entire surface of your asphalt are known as alligator cracks because they cause the driveway to look like the rough hide of an alligator.
- Potholes – You may associate potholes with damage on roads only, but these deep holes can also form in the driveway of your home. The larger the potholes grow, the more unappealing and dangerous your driveway becomes. Because of this risk, repaving the driveway is imperative.
- Fading – Most people love the dark, even look of an asphalt driveway. Unfortunately, the sun's ultraviolet rays and extreme temperatures can cause your asphalt to fade over time. This fading is not just affecting the look of your driveway, but it is also an early warning sign that your asphalt is beginning to weaken.
- Poor Drainage – If the asphalt is damaged in multiple areas of your driveway, water may seep into these imperfections, causing drainage issues. You may notice standing water on your driveway, which can freeze and cause further damage.
There are many ways to improve your home's curb appeal and value, but starting with your driveway is beneficial. To patch, resurface or repave your driveway, contact the professionals at Paving Construction Services, Inc.