If you’ve had your asphalt driveway or parking lot for a long time, you might notice signs of aging on it, such as cracks and potholes. Under certain conditions, asphalt resurfacing may be the ideal solution over asphalt replacement. Here are the advantages of asphalt resurfacing.
What Is Asphalt Resurfacing?
A typical asphalt-paved surface has a layer of asphalt placed over a layer of concrete slabs. The asphalt layer gets worn out over years of use. This results in cracks, crumbling and potholes. The standard solution is to replace the asphalt layer, which involves breaking and removing the top layer, addressing issues with the concrete slabs and applying a fresh layer of asphalt. Asphalt resurfacing, on the other hand, involves applying a new layer of asphalt over the old one, filling in cracks and holes in the process.
Benefits of Asphalt Resurfacing
Asphalt resurfacing offers many benefits, which make it the ideal choice offered by driveway construction contractors.
Lower cost – Asphalt resurfacing requires less materials, labor and machinery, which can result in a lower upfront cost.
Less downtime – Asphalt replacement process takes much longer to complete compared to asphalt resurfacing. Faster completion means less downtime, which can be critical for areas that generate revenue, such as parking lots.
Improved service life – in most cases, worn-out asphalt surfaces do not affect the concrete layer. With asphalt resurfacing, you get more mileage out of the underlying structure by avoiding a premature replacement.
Requirements for Asphalt Resurfacing
Before you should consider asphalt resurfacing, there are certain conditions that your project should meet. One such condition is that up to 30% of the asphalt pavement needs repairs. Anything more would make resurfacing impractical. The foundations should be structurally sound and should be less than 20 years old. If there are issues such as cracks, they should be no wider than a quarter of an inch and should be shallow ones. Anything bigger would indicate problems that will require repairs.