Asphalt is used to pave our roads, parking lots, driveways and more. Asphalt is a great material used to create a smooth and level surface. However, asphalt does require repairs and eventually replacement. Depending on the age or condition of the asphalt it may be suitable for repair where other times it is a wiser investment to replace the asphalt altogether. Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like to share a few tips to help you determine when to repair or replace your asphalt.
Budget for Asphalt Repair or Replacement
One of the biggest aspects of repairing or replacing asphalt is the budget. At times the owner may not have the money at that time to replace the asphalt and repairs become more ideal. Repairs will cost less than a total asphalt repair and will help prolong the need to replace the asphalt. However, frequent and or major repair is the first sign that total asphalt replacement will be needed eventually. If your budget is a major concern you may want to begin saving for your future asphalt replacement.
Damage Conditions of Asphalt Driveway
Another major consideration when determining asphalt repairs or replacements is the level of damage. Depending on the type and the severity of the damage, such as cracks, alligatoring, and the structure of the asphalt’s foundation, the asphalt may need to be replaced. When the damage is simply too severe, the asphalt cannot be repaired. The damaged section of the asphalt will need to be removed. Major damage is also a clear sign of the asphalt’s age or poor installation, both requiring the asphalt to be replaced. When the damages are minor and problems are caught early enough, repairs are ideal and is the better option.
Age of Asphalt Pavement
As mentioned, the age of the asphalt is another major aspect to consider. When asphalt is over 20 years old, it is coming to the end of its life. Asphalt will begin to break down more quickly the older the asphalt becomes. When asphalt is 20 years old or older, and repairs continually pop up, it will be a wiser investment to replace the asphalt. Younger asphalt in most cases will undergo repairs and is normal. The only time recently installed asphalt needs to be replaced is when it has been improperly installed.
Types of Traffic on Road or Parking Area
When a parking lot or busy road begins to develop a number of repairs, often it is better to replace the asphalt. Patch work and repairs do not last very long when exposed to heavy traffic. The busy roads and parking lots quickly break down due to the constant flow of traffic. As a result they require a lot of repairs. However, when the repairs become more frequent and a bigger problem, it is a wiser investment to replace the asphalt versus repairing. In the case of low traffic areas, repairs are more ideal.
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As an owner you may wonder if the asphalt is a candidate for repairs or if replacement is the wiser investment? Andersen Asphalt & Striping can come and do an inspection and share our recommendations. For quality asphalt repair, installation, and striping, contact Andersen Asphalt & Striping today.