There's More to Paving Than Sidewalks

What Are the Long-Term Maintenance Costs for Commercial Asphalt?

Asphalt is one of the most popular paving materials in both domestic and commercial applications. With asphalt, you can get a material that is relatively inexpensive but still capable of providing you with excellent performance.

As with many paving options, asphalt does not last forever. However, if it is properly maintained, asphalt in commercial applications can serve you for a very long time. Since cost is always an issue, many people want to know how much it will cost them to keep their asphalt in good condition and whether it is worth it in the long run.



Cost of Patching Potholes and Cracks



Cracks and potholes are frequently seen where there is a failure in the subbase, in asphalt that has poor drainage features, or one that is frequently overloaded. Handle these problems as soon as possible to prevent them from worsening.



It can cost you several hundred dollars to fix this type of problem. However, the extent of the problem will also be an issue. Ideally, when there is cracking, a professional should be called in to find the cause to prevent future problems.



Cost of Resurfacing



If you plan on keeping your asphalt structure around for as long as possible, you should plan on resurfacing it once in a while. This maintenance method is good when the base of the structure is still in good condition even if the old surface has been worn down.



Resurfacing asphalt is relatively inexpensive and may cost as low as a couple of dollars for every square foot. For the best results, entrust this type of work to professionals who are able to assess the structure and advise you whether resurfacing is the best option or whether something else is necessary.



Factors That Affect Maintenance Costs



Specific conditions that could make maintenance a little costlier include whether:

  • The surface is on a slope

  • The area to be repaired can be easily accessed by a truck

  • There is preparation to be done, such as removal of underlying gravel

  • There are manholes and drains to be treated carefully

  • Permits are required

You should reach out to several companies offering commercial asphalt paving services and ask them to give you an estimate. This will allow you to choose the one that suits you. However, you should not just focus on the cost. The value of a job well done will be clear in the years to come.