Choosing Between Asphalt Overlay and Asphalt Replacement

Your residential driveway or parking lot will wear out and deteriorate after many years of use. To repair and bring back the pristine condition of your outdoor space, it may require the complete removal of either a portion or all of the base material.

What Is Asphalt Overlay?

This is a particular pavement treatment where a brand new layer of asphalt is applied over a worn-out surface. Instead of tearing off the existing asphalt surface, it is used as a foundation to install new asphalt. In general, the thickness of the overlay application is expected to be around 1.5 to 2 inches. This technique is often used on pavements that exhibit signs of deterioration – such as potholing or cracking – but still have their structures intact.

What Is Asphalt Replacement?

Unlike asphalt overlay where the existing material is not removed, asphalt replacement is defined as the complete tear-off of the existing asphalt and the application of new asphalt. This type of asphalt paving treatment is necessary when the structure of the asphalt base is showing severe deterioration and is beyond being treated with the overlay technique.

Asphalt Overlay vs. Asphalt Replacement

Asphalt overlay can prolong the life of your pavement to approximately 15 years while asphalt replacement can provide about 20 to 30 years due to its stronger base. When it comes to the costs of these applications, asphalt replacement naturally falls into a higher price range due to new materials and labor involved.

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