Almost every homeowner with a driveway has had to deal with the issue of when to resurface their pavement. The decision can be a difficult one. You want the best for your property, but you don’t want to spend money when it’s unnecessary. With so many factors and variables to consider, when is the right time?
This blog post will provide some tips to help you decide when to resurface your driveway.
1) The Age of Your Driveway
When to resurface your driveway? When it’s showing signs of wear and tear. A good rule of thumb is when the surface has worn down past its original height or when you notice cracks. You can also tell that it’s time for a new surface when water does not seem to run off properly when it rains, which can cause erosion and puddling. These problems occur when your asphalt gets old. If your driveway is 15+ years old, it’s time for a resurfacing. By resurfacing, you can increase the lifespan of your driveway by up to 15+ years, so it’s an excellent long-term investment.
2) Over 25% Asphalt Surface Damage
The surface of your asphalt driveway is exposed to many factors that can affect its structural integrity. The main culprits when it comes to damage are water, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations. Most commercial driveways have been constructed with a layer of asphalt that is at least two inches thick, but some residential ones only have a single layer. This means that when a driveway gets affected, the damage will be more visible. If you notice that more than 25% of the surface is compromised, it’s probably time to resurface. The longer you wait, the more this damage will impact its structural integrity and cause water pooling problems when it rains or snow melts.
3) Standing Water and Potholes Occurring Frequently When It Rains
If you notice that when it rains your driveway is flooded with standing water, this could be a sign of severe damage underneath and the pavement may need to be resurfaced soon if not repaired immediately. The longer you take to address this, the worse it will get.
You don’t want to wait and let the foundation sink and ruin your driveway when this can be prevented by resurfacing. This is why we always recommend resurfacing your asphalt driveway when it’s necessary.
If you notice issues like those listed above, it’s time to re-pave before repairs can get very expensive! At Doctor Asphalt LLC in Madison, WI, we are committed to providing the best asphalt paving services for residential and commercial properties. Our team is experienced in asphalt paving, including milling and overlay, installation, crack filling, patching, and more. We also offer sealcoating services to help keep your new or old driveway looking great all-year-round. To learn more about our services and rates, get a free quote!