What is an Asphalt Overlay?
Asphalt overlay is a paving method in which a new layer of asphalt is applied over the existing surface. Instead of completely tearing out the old asphalt, an overlay uses the existing layers as a base for the new pavement.
The overlay process with JV Lucas follows several key steps:
- We'll start by assessing your surface to determine if asphalt overlay is the best solution.
- We'll mill the surface if necessary to remove cracks, raveling, and other damage.
- We'll perform any necessary base repairs for major issues like potholes and rutting.
- Finally, we'll apply the overlay.
What's the Difference Between an Asphalt Overlay and Sealcoating or Repair?
Asphalt sealcoating fills in shallow cracks to prevent water from penetrating the underlying asphalt. It results in a shiny surface and prevents further wear and tear. Sealcoating should be done every 2-4 years. In contrast, an asphalt overlay doesn’t need to be done as frequently and helps address more serious issues with the pavement.
Asphalt replacement is only done when an asphalt overlay or resurfacing are no longer options. When asphalt has degraded to this condition, it needs to be properly removed and replaced.
How Much Does an Asphalt Overlay Cost?
While the price of an asphalt overlay will depend on the project at hand, it is often significantly more affordable than a full reconstruction. Reach out to the team at JV Lucas for a custom quote.
How Long will an Asphalt Overlay Last?
When applied properly, an asphalt overlay can add an additional 10 to 15 years to the life of your pavement. This lifespan will vary with soil type and other factors. The best way to ensure you get the longest life out of your overlay is to have it installed by a professional.
How Thick Should an Asphalt Overlay Be?
A conventional asphalt overlay is at least 2 inches thick. This will vary based on the damage to the existing asphalt surface, however. The more damage there is to the existing asphalt, the thicker the overlay will need to be. The thickest overlays are referred to as structural overlays.
When is the Best Time to do an Asphalt Overlay?
Asphalt is easiest to lay down in warm weather, on a day without wind or precipitation. Poor weather can cool the asphalt as its being laid, which can cause problems. This makes spring and summer an ideal time for installation. That said, the team at JV Lucas has the equipment and expertise to work in a range of weather conditions, so if you have a project, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Can I Overlay Asphalt on my Existing Driveway?
Asphalt overlay uses your existing asphalt as a base, meaning you can pave over your existing driveway. However, surfaces that have been damaged with cracks, ruts, or other issues may need to be milled first to achieve the best results. Because of this, it's always best to have a professional paving company do your overlay project.
Can You Overlay Asphalt on Concrete?
Yes, in certain situations. When concrete deteriorates it may have to be ripped up and repaved entirely. An asphalt overlay can provide another, easier solution.
If you're considering this route, it's important to keep in mind that asphalt needs a stable base to function properly. If your concrete was put down on unstable soil, it may cause issues down the road. The team at JV Lucas Paving can evaluate your concrete base to determine the best approach for your project.
The best way to ensure you get a quality asphalt overlay is to work with a professional paving company. Whatever your paving needs, JV Lucas Paving has you covered.