Age, weather, and vehicle traffic can cause wear and tear in any asphalt surface. Over time, cracks can become potholes, and potholes can become unsightly (and vehicle-damaging) craters.
How do you know whether your asphalt driveway needs maintenance, repair, or replacement?
When to Seal and Maintain Asphalt
The best way to avoid a costly driveway replacement is to take good care of it from the onset. When your driveway is in fair-to-good condition, this is the time to maintain and seal it.
Most asphalt issues can be related to water. Keeping water out of pavement can delay or even stop major driveway problems.
Asphalt sealcoating fills in shallow cracks to prevent water from penetrating the underlying asphalt to prevent wear and tear. Sealcoating should be done every 2-4 years.
When to Resurface or Overlay Asphalt
Asphalt overlay allows you to pave over your existing driveway, using your existing asphalt as a base. Asphalt overlay (resurfacing) can be a cost-effective way to deal with issues beyond minor repairs that don't require a total replacement.
When to Repair Asphalt
Existing potholes or excavated areas of asphalt require quick repairs to control further deterioration and avoid significant, more costly repairs.
Failing to repair -- or patch -- a driveway promptly can allow water to enter the subgrade and lead to serious asphalt failures. Full-depth patch paving includes removal of the entire pavement surface layer, while deep patching includes removal of four inches or more of the surface layer.
When to Remove and Replace Asphalt
If the asphalt has not been properly sealed and regularly maintained or potholes have been left unrepaired, full removal and replacement may be necessary. Asphalt removal and replacement is extensive and impacts the base, not just the surface layer.
Get an Asphalt Consultation from JV Lucas Paving
If your Bay Area asphalt driveway or road needs maintenance, repairs, or replacement, schedule a consultation with JV Lucas Paving. We've covered the Bay Area's asphalt paving needs for 70 years. We work closely with residents, commercial landlords, and municipalities to ensure Bay Area roads and driveways are safe and long-lasting. Request a consultation now.