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When To Replace, Resurface Or Repair Your Parking Lot Or Driveway?

Pavement is under constant wear and degrades daily, try these tips to get the most out of your pavement!

Got some damage on your driveway? Here are a few options.

Repairing, resurfacing or replacing may be something you should be looking into before it gets any worse.

Repairing: Removing and replacing a section of pavement and replacing it with new asphalt.

Alternatively you can also skim patch, which we consider a temporary repair due to the way this repair is done, we try our best to flatten out the edges for a seamless feel, but sometimes the edges may get caught on a shovel, snowblower, etc…

Resurfacing: Paving a 1.5”-2” layer of fresh asphalt over the existing asphalt. Dips on the existing asphalt driveway will be filled with prior to paving the new layer of asphalt. Sometimes when resurfacing, a mill grinds the top layer of asphalt completely off before paving the new asphalt.

This type of repair is a more permanent type of repair but there are still somethings that you’re not taking into account. If you cover up areas that are dipping and don’t actually remove that section down to the base to correct the problem, you may end up with the same problem soon in the future.

Replacing: Completely removing the asphalt, down to the sub-grade, checking for any soft areas and fill if any are found, compact sub-grade, install asphalt layer(s) and compact.

That is our typical process when replacing asphalt pavement. Sometimes asphalt can be paved in multiple layers, regular household driveways may have 1 or 2 asphalt layers which equal out to about 2-4 inches, depending on the age of it.

So when to replace?

A good, solid sub-grade is key to a long lasting driveway. A driveway with a good sub-grade should last about 20-25 years if good maintenance is kept.

What about resurface?

This should be done if you are trying looking to put your house on the market and want to make it look good for a few months, couple this with sealcoating and crackfilling and it will make your driveway look like there’s nothing wrong with it. As for parking lots and roadways, this should be done when areas start to show wear and large cracks ( wider than 3/4 of an inch ) start to appear.

So when to replace?

If you are trying to get the most out of your driveway and have been sealcoating and crackfilling every 2-3 years, this looks to be your best bet. Replacing aging and degrading sections every 4 or 5 years, but if that isn’t in your budget this time around, look into skim patching/resurfacing!

Ready to make your decision? Give us a call at 1-888-PAVEMENT.