A properly maintained driveway or parking lot compliments your property and provides a safe and strong surface for pedestrians and vehicles.
Asphalt resurfacing is one way to extend the life of your asphalt and give you a fresh new look without the cost of new installation.
Give Life to Pavement with Asphalt Resurfacing
Asphalt resurfacing is one of the best options for maintaining the look and longevity of your driveway/parking lot as it is simply putting a new layer over your existing asphalt. This new layer is 1-2 inches thick and can extend the life of your parking lot or driveway by more than 10 years.
This gives you a whole new surface at a fraction of the cost of full asphalt replacement.
When To Resurface Your Blacktop
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell when you’re ready for a resurface. Most people wait until they notice damage before even considering a resurface. However, asphalt resurfacing on a regular basis can prevent damage before it ever happens.
Here are the 6 signs to watch for that tell you it is time for a driveway resurfacing:
- Pooling Water – A puddle will quickly deteriorate the asphalt and is a symptom of poor drainage. Asphalt resurfacing can ensure the slope of the driveway is at the best angle to prevent standing water from accumulating on the surface.
- Forming Cracks or Potholes – Cracks and potholes are an obvious sign that your asphalt needs some attention. Resurfacing can fix minor cracks and potholes, but it’s important to act quickly. Neglecting these openings allows water to seep beneath the surface and cause serious damage.
- Crumbling Edges – The edges of your asphalt are a good indicator of the overall health of the surface. If the edges are crumbling and beginning to erode, they should be addressed. Problems on the edge will eventually weaken and break the surface.
- Drainage Problems – Poor drainage is due to a problem beneath the surface and can be difficult to detect. If you notice drainage issues during rainstorms, you most likely have weak spots in your asphalt.
- Revealing Stone & Gravel – Asphalt is a combination of tar and gravel. Over time, harsh conditions and everyday wear and tear can cause this mixture to loosen and separate. If the surface appears to be crumbling away, this is a sign that you need a resurface to get the surface looking attractive and functional once again.
- Aging – Most asphalt driveways and parking lots have an expected lifespan of 15-20 years. We recommend that you have your driveway resurfaced every few years to keep it looking- and functioning- like new.
Benefits of Resurfacing Your Asphalt
Resurfacing your parking lot or driveway gives a fresh new look to the surface. This recommended maintenance has several hidden benefits that you may not be aware of.
- Increases Lifespan – Without resurfacing, your asphalt will likely deteriorate and become useless within 15 years. With regular maintenance and resurfacing, your investment will be protected for at least 30 years or longer.
- Increases Aesthetic Appeal – Your driveway or parking lot adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home or business. A neglected, cracked or broken driveway has an impact on the curb appeal of your entire property. Resurfacing brings back that rejuvenated appearance.
- Prevents Over-Sealing – Some home and business owners will add a topcoat to their driveway or parking lot which can actually exacerbate cracking. Resurfacing your asphalt is a good alternative to sealing because it adds much better protection.
- Saves Time & Money – Resurfacing early prevents small cracks and depressions from developing into more serious deterioration. Neglect always results in more expensive repairs later.
- Prevents Patching Problems – Cracks have a negative impact on the structural integrity of your asphalt. While they can be patched, in some cases patching can cause more problems than it solves. With resurfacing, you fix the crack and enhance the structural integrity of the entire surface
- Prevents Accidents – A driveway or parking lot riddled with holes is an accident waiting to happen. Regular resurfacing avoids potholes, trips, falls, vehicle damage and other trouble caused by a dangerous surface.
How Do We Resurface Pavement?
When it’s time to resurface your asphalt, it’s important to work with a Riverside asphalt company who is experienced in asphalt maintenance, repairs, and resurfacing.
Each project follows the following thorough four-step process:
Step 1: Preparation
As soon as the resurfacing project is scheduled, any accompanying ramps or handicap access points must be fixed or demolished and rebuilt. This is important to maintain their structural integrity. Next, alternative parking or building access is prepared so residents and customers can access the home or building during the project.
Step 2: Milling
The first step in the actual resurfacing process is called milling. This is removing the top layer of the old asphalt. The preliminary milling process may take about one day.
Step 3: Pavement Repair
After the milling is complete, the contractors can access any damage that may be found on the base layer. Repairs can be done up to 8 inches beneath the surface to strengthen the foundation. Then a layer of asphalt is applied to seal the milled area and to smooth over any joints or seams.
Step 4: Asphalt Resurfacing
Depending on the size of the project, the milling, repairs, and sealing may take anywhere from one day to a full week. Once the surface is ready, the new surface asphalt is applied using rolling and paving machines.
FAQs About Resurfacing Asphalt Pavement