How Long Does an Asphalt Driveway Last?

If your driveway is more than a decade or two old you may be starting to notice issues like water pooling up when it rains, or the asphalt settling to create a lumpy, bumpy surface. These can be signs that your asphalt driveway is nearing the end of its life.

Learn how long an asphalt driveway lasts and what you can do to extend the use you get from your pavement.

How Long Does Asphalt Paving Last?

Asphalt can last up to 30 years depending on the climate you're in, how often it's used, and how well it's maintained. In general, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last.

This lifespan is also impacted by what the asphalt is used for. For example:

  • A home driveway may last 20 to 30 years.
  • Parking lots will generally last between 15 and 25 years because they see more traffic.
  • Likewise, residential streets last about 20 years.
  • Interstates and busy highways often need their top layers resurfaced after 10-15 years. 

How Can I Extend the Lifespan of Asphalt?

There are a number of things you can do to extend that expected lifespan, however, including ensuring the asphalt has a strong base, and having it repaired, resurfaced, or resealed when necessary.

Asphalt sealcoating protects your drive from gas and oil spills, oxidation, and de-icing chemicals. When done every 3 to 5 years as needed, it can help extend the life of your driveway.

In addition to regular sealcoating, ensuring you take care of other issues as they arise can prevent larger problems down the line.

How Do I Know When It's Time to Repave?

Knowing when your old asphalt driveway needs to be repaved is in large part a question of aesthetics. Generally speaking, when your driveway starts to look worn down or stops functioning mechanically, such as not draining properly, growing bumpy, or settling too much, it may be time to repave.

Work with JV Lucas to extend your asphalt driveway's lifespan. We offer complimentary asphalt sealcoating consultations here in the Bay Area to make sure you can enjoy your driveway for decades to come. Get your consultation now.