When you have an asphalt driveway, road, or parking lot, you will often be faced with the decision whether to replace the asphalt or resurface it. Resurfacing can help repair a number of problems and extend the life of the asphalt. Sealcoating is an essential maintenance process that asphalt needs as it help to protect the asphalt from the elements. However, there may come a time the asphalt will need to be replaced. To understand when to resurface, sealcoat, or when to replace the asphalt, Andersen Asphalt & Striping will share when to replace, sealcoat or resurface your asphalt.
What is Asphalt Resurfacing?
Asphalt resurfacing is when a new layer of asphalt is laid over the top of the existing pavement. Resurfacing will help to protect the asphalt as well as extend the life of the asphalt. Resurfacing is considered a proactive maintenance process, that can help repair minor problems such as small cracks and potholes. There are a lot of benefits to seeking asphalt resurfacing. It helps to tend to minor repairs and extend the life of your asphalt. However, this is not all of the benefits of asphalt resurfacing. When resurfacing the asphalt the pavement looks new which help to boost the curbside appeal. Asphalt resurfacing is also faster and cheaper than replacing the asphalt. To properly maintain asphalt roads, driveways, or parking lots, you will want to resurface the asphalt every five years or when cracks and potholes appear.
What is the Purpose of Sealcoating?
Sealcoating is when a protective layer is applied to the asphalt’s surface. Sealcoating helps to make the asphalt slip resistant, and acts as a barrier from moisture, oil and UV damage. Sealcoating is a liquid or tar like substance that is applied to the surface of the asphalt, leaving behind a protective layer that also makes the asphalt look new. The sealcoating material helps make the asphalt look clean and well maintained. For a parking lot and road, the paint will be covered which means you will need the surface of the asphalt striped again. However, even though sealcoating is an essential maintenance application your asphalt will look new and clean. Sealcoating will help improve safety while driving on the asphalt and extend the life of the asphalt as well. To properly maintain your asphalt you should sealcoat it every three years.
When Should You Replace Asphalt?
When replacing asphalt it is as it sounds. The upper layers of the asphalt are removed and replaced with fresh asphalt. Often asphalt will need to be replaced when the upper layers are severely damaged or the asphalt’s foundation is bad. A poor foundation often includes drainage problems which may have led to the major damage to the asphalt. When the foundation and drainage system is compromised, the best option is to replace the asphalt. At this point the foundation and drainage system can also be corrected to ensure a healthier asphalt road, driveway or parking lot. The main benefit of replacing asphalt is that it is new and other underlining problems are repaired. However, replacing asphalt is very invasive and requires large equipment on site and of course, more time.