When it comes to asphalt paving and repair solutions, repaving is often kept as a last resort, and rightly so.
If you have small surface-level problems like cracks, crumbling, or faded colors, then asphalt resurfacing is a better option for you and your wallet.
Repaving or asphalt replacement is an expensive project that is necessary for extreme damage. Overlays doubles the life of your residential pavement and helps you start afresh with a surface that is free of any surface-level flaws and/or foundational weaknesses.
To further understand repaving, let’s explore when and why you need it.
- Home value: A newly paved surface has a much higher appeal than a repaired one. The rich black color, even surface, and brand new feel add to the curb appeal of a home, which positively impacts its property value.
- Functionality/Reliability: A repaved surface offers superior functionality, reliability, and strength to endure any kind of traffic and weather for a long time instead.
- Safety: A crack and depression free surface is much safer to drive and walk on as it doesn’t damage your vehicle or cause you to trip.
- Cost: In cases where your pavement has badly deteriorated or past its surface life, it may require frequent and extensive repair, resurfacing, or both, which will cost more than the one-time substantial investment into an overlay. Also, repaving will save you money in the long-run as a newly paved surface requires less maintenance work for quite a few years.
- Quality of life: Overlays make scheduled or seasonal cleaning easier, and you can reduce their frequency as your pavement will be flaunting a brand new look. Also, you can bask in the additional curb appeal of your property, supplied by the overlay. And enjoy driving over your surface without any worry of damaging your pavement or vehicle or about breaking the bank from upcoming repair and maintenance work. After all, don’t we all want a home we are proud of and feel safe and at ease in?
You need an asphalt replacement when more than 25% to 30% of your pavement needs repair, the foundation has failed, there are cracks that are over ¼ inch wide and/or a few inches deep, and your pavement is 20 to 25 years old. If you want a clearer idea of what this would look like, check out the signs below.
Signs You Need Repaving
Alligator cracks are the #1 sign of a severely damaged pavement as the surface is covered with cracks. Also, it is a frequent indicator of a failed foundation.
A pothole or two may not be an issue, especially if you are a bit neglectful towards your pavement. However, frequent cracks and potholes, or your surface being riddled with potholes point towards a foundation-level issue, which can only be fixed with complete removal and asphalt installation from the sub-base up.
If it is becoming hard and/or taking longer for water to drain off the surface or water pooling, it means that the pavement has become uneven and is at the end of its life span.
Discoloration and Crumbling
A worn-out surface that is displaying wear and is flaunting a greyish color directly points towards aging or the blacktop being at the end of its service life.
Raveling is the disintegration of an asphalt surface because of the dislodgment of aggregate materials like sand, gravel, and crushed stone, which reduces skid resistance, roughens the surface, causes water pooling in raveled places, and exposes the layers underneath to further deterioration. Raveling also results in vehicle hydroplaning and damage to your vehicle from loose debris.
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