If you have an asphalt driveway, you know that replacing it is a substantial investment. A well-maintained asphalt driveway can last 20 years, but even with the best care, it will eventually need to be replaced. So, how do you know it’s time for a new asphalt driveway? The best way is to have it evaluated by a professional asphalt contractor. They will be able to determine if your driveway needs to be repaired or replaced.
However, there are signs you should be aware of as they are often an indication that it is time for a new driveway.
Do you remember how smooth your driveway was when it was new? A rough asphalt surface is a sign it may be time for a new driveway. This is sometimes referred to as alligatoring as the asphalt resembles the rough surface of the reptile’s skin. Alligatoring is typically the result of wear and tear, but it can also be caused by extreme weather conditions.
Cracks and Potholes
Cracks and potholes are often a sign that it’s time to consider installing a new driveway. Minor cracks may be able to be repaired and sealed, but larger cracks will allow water to seek below the asphalt and cause it to expand and form potholes. Potholes can also result from vehicles driving over cracks. Regardless of the cause, cracked potholes are unsightly and can result in personal injury or vehicle damage.
While you may not have cracks or potholes, depressions in your asphalt drive can also be a cause for concern. In some cases, depressions can form as a result of improper installation. If the proper base material was not put down before installing the asphalt, depressions will appear as the result of an unstable foundation. Depressions can also be caused by repeatedly driving or parking over the same area. Minor depressions can be patched. However, for depressions resulting from a poor or deteriorating sub-grade, this will only be a temporary fix. The depressed area will need to be cut out, the sub-grade replaced, and asphalt applied over top of it.
Raveling is another sign it may be time to have your asphalt driveway replaced. This is when the gravel on top of the asphalt starts to come loose. It can be caused by poor installation, wear and tear, or weather conditions. Raveling can also be caused by vehicles driving over the same spot repeatedly, causing the asphalt to break down.
Fading or Discoloration
Another sign that it may be time for a new driveway is if your current driveway is starting to fade or discolor. This can be the result of several factors, including exposure to the sun or chemicals. If you notice that your driveway is no longer the rich black color it once was, sealcoating may restore your driveway’s surface, or it may be time for a replacement.
Is It Time for a New Asphalt Driveway?
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to start thinking about getting a new driveway. Driveways are a big investment, but they are worth it in the long run. A new driveway will add value to your home and increase its curb appeal.
To determine the best solution for your driveway, consult with the asphalt professionals at Certified Asphalt. Whether your asphalt pavement needs minor repairs, seal coating, or you need new driveway installation, we can handle it.
Certified Asphalt provides full-service residential and commercial asphalt paving services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas in New Jersey. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, seal coating, and pavement maintenance. Family-owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!