Your asphalt paved driveway or parking lot is looking poor. It’s showing cracks and holes that aren't small repairs. Don’t spend the money replacing the entire surface. Just get it resurfaced by a trusted asphalt paving contractor, add back years of service to your asphalt pavement without spending a huge amount of money.
Yes, it is easier and more cost-effective most the time, rather than starting over! Resurfacing the asphalt pavement is a process that no one should try to tackle on their own. Look for a professional asphalt paving contractor first. Here’s what to expect.
Resurfacing is removing and replacing the top layers of your existing surface. The new asphalt, usually between 1-2” thick, can extend the life of your driveway or parking lot by 8-15 years. Even better, it looks brand new and only a fraction of the original cost.
Asphalt paved driveways and parking lots wear down, and sometimes, minor repairs and patching will not work anymore, or it becomes a constant repair process hopping from one area to another. Sealcoating, your asphalt paving is a process used for preventative maintenance, asphalt resurfacing adds new to correct the damage to existing pavement. Cracks, potholes, pooling water, are among the signs that it is time to resurface and move on to bigger and better ways of solving the problem.
Depending on the age, usage and how much damage the asphalt has received, resurfacing may not be the best option, but don’t worry there are plenty of options. If the base layers are unstable, or there are issues with the grading and draining, adding a new layer of asphalt could only temporarily hide the problem instead of addressing the problem. Before resurfacing, talk with the asphalt paving contractor near you to get a professional assessment done first.
Resurfacing is a faster and easier process than repaving or starting over with a new asphalt pavement. Really, you are just putting a new top on your current asphalt driveway, like adding a fresh new layer over the old one.
The first step to successful resurfacing is to successfully fill in all the existing cracks to form an even flat base. Next the brand-new layer of asphalt is added – the thickness of the new layer can range from 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches. Once we have achieved the proper level of thickness to be even and flat, our team deploys a heavy rolling machine to help with the smoothing and flattening process. This ensures the surface when smooth gets a even level of pressure is applied, unlike just driving random equipment over and not applying the same amount of pressure in all areas.
Don’t confuse resealing and resurfacing, these are two different processes. Resealing is applying a protective coating over the surface. Resealing is a preventative measure only with the goal of aiding in the life expectancy of the pave.
You should consider resurfacing if 25 percent of your asphalt parking lot or driveway is cracked. If it is less than that you could probably wait a bit until the problem gets worse.