Asphalt driveways help to make residential properties more accessible. Although asphalt is a durable material, it can fall into disrepair. You have a few different options for repairing damaged asphalt to prevent further damage from developing in the future. Two of these options are patching and resurfacing.
Choosing the right repair method will help you extend the life of your driveway well into the future.
Type of Damage
One of the first elements you should consider when trying to determine which type of repair process is needed to fix your driveway is the type of damage that is visible. Small potholes and areas near the edge of the driveway where the asphalt is crumbling can usually be patched up quickly.
More extensive damage will require a more thorough repair. Alligator cracks can extend across the surface of the driveway. These types of cracks might appear to be only cosmetic, but they serve as an access point for water to infiltrate the asphalt. A small crack can easily widen as water freezes and expands inside of it.
Resurfacing can address damage on a large scale, whereas patching is meant to repair localized damage only.
Age of the Asphalt
Another factor that can influence your decision between patching and resurfacing when it comes to repairing your driveway is the age of the asphalt.
Depending on the amount of maintenance you do and the climate in which you live, your driveway could last anywhere from 12 to 20 years. If your driveway is approaching the end of its lifespan, you may want to consider resurfacing to address any damage.
Resurfacing places a new layer of asphalt over the top of the existing driveway. This new layer protects the older asphalt against the elements, helping to ensure the durability of your driveway. If your asphalt driveway is fairly new, then you may want to patch eligible areas of damage instead of investing in an entirely new surface.
Providing routine maintenance is critical when it comes to preserving the integrity of your asphalt driveway. If you make repairs as soon as any damage becomes noticeable, the damage can be contained and your driveway can continue to function normally.
Patching and resurfacing are two great options for making repairs. Ask your paving contractor to help you assess your driveway and determine which repair method will address structural concerns and extend the life of your asphalt surface into the future.
For more information, contact a residential paving contractor.