Problems With Your Asphalt Driveway? How To Know If You Should Repair, Resurface, Or Repave
If you are having problems with your asphalt driveway, you may be able to repair the problem yourself. If not, you will have to decide if you can have the driveway resurfaced or if it would be better to rip it out and install a new driveway. Below is some more information about this so you will know what would be best for you.
If you have a few cracks on the driveway, you can take care of this problem on your own. If you do not repair them, however, these cracks will become much larger. This is because water gets into these cracks, and during the winter months the water freezes and then thaws out again when the temperatures gets warmer. This freeze/thaw cycle can wreak havoc on any kind of driveway.
You can visit a home improvement store and purchase an asphalt crack repair kit. Make sure your kit says asphalt so it will be the right color. Follow the instructions on how to do this properly.
If you have more than a few cracks, you may be able to resurface your asphalt driveway instead of replacing it. This is especially true if this is the first time you have resurfaced it. The contractor will first patch any cracks on the driveway and then lay a new coat of asphalt on top of your current driveway. This is much less expensive than installing a new driveway, and it will look brand new when they are finished.
The contractor may seal your driveway after the asphalt is completely dry to offer protection from future cracks
If the damage is extensive or if you have already had your driveway resurfaced many times, you will likely be told that you need to have a new driveway installed. If so, the contractor will use special equipment to remove the old driveway and then lay new asphalt. This is much more expensive, but if you keep having to resurface your driveway, you will pay for a new one in time.
As when resurfacing a driveway, the contractor will sealcoat your new driveway. If you often drive on the edge of your driveway, they will likely put a beveled edge down the length of the driveway to prevent it from cracking.
Talk with an asphalt contractor for additional info. They can go over each process with you in much more detail.