How Do I Know if My Asphalt Needs to Be Removed?
One of the benefits of an asphalt driveway or lot is the material's longevity. Well-cared-for asphalt will often last for decades. However, there will still come a point when it’s time to replace your pavement.
There are a few key signs that it's time to replace your asphalt:
- If your driveway collects standing water, this can be an indicator of structural damage.
- If you're seeing visible damage to your pavement such as raveling or alligator cracks.
- If your asphalt has exceeded its lifespan – roughly 20-30 years for a driveway, or 15-25 years for a parking lot.
How Do You Remove Asphalt?
There are multiple methods of asphalt removal that may be chosen depending on your situation. The most common of these is pavement milling. The milling machine grinds up the pavement so that it can be hauled away and recycled. After the asphalt is removed, the JV Lucas Paving team will check the base to ensure it’s in good condition and that water will drain properly before replacing the asphalt.
This process can be difficult, and evaluating the quality of the base before repaving is essential. Because of this, it's best to have a professional contractor remove your asphalt.
What's the Difference Between Partial and Full-Depth Asphalt Removal?
Asphalt, whether for a driveway, a parking lot, or a large interstate, has several layers to it, including the surface asphalt on top and a binder layer underneath.
A partial depth milling removed the top 1.5" to 2", often leaving the binder layer intact. Full depth, on the other hand, removes everything including the binder and surface layers, leaving only the sub-base.
Which option is best for you will depend on your budget and the quality of your asphalt. Partial can be more cost-effective, but if there's an issue with your base full-depth may be necessary. Scheduling a consultation is the best way to know the correct approach for your asphalt.
Should I Resurface or Replace My Asphalt Driveway?
Resurfacing your asphalt driveway is a process in which new asphalt is poured over the existing pavement. It can be a cost-effective way to deal with issues that are too large for minor repairs but don't yet require a full replacement. However, asphalt removal and replacement may be necessary when the damage to the asphalt is extensive or impacts the base. Schedule a consultation to determine if resurfacing or replacement is the best approach for your project.