Is your asphalt driveway looking worn or damaged? If so, you may be wondering if you should repair the damage or replace the entire driveway. Minor problems can (and should!) be fixed right away – before they become major problems.
However, not all driveways are worth repairing. Sometimes, the best and only solution is to replace it.
So, how do you know if it’s time to replace your asphalt driveway? Here are 5 signs that point toward driveway replacement.
1. Standing Water
If water pools on your driveway, it’s usually a sign of a drainage problem. Most driveways are sloped to accommodate water runoff. Over time, though, ruts, pits, and depressions can form – creating spaces for water to accumulate. Those problems may be the result of structural damage. And, if there are cracks in the pavement, standing water will eventually work its way under the top layer of asphalt.
Drainage issues are a sign that it’s time to replace your driveway. Not only does standing water indicate structural deterioration, but left untreated, pools of water can lead to additional pavement problems.
2. Deep Cracks
As asphalt driveways age, it’s common for them to develop cracks. Deep cracks usually indicate severe structural damage that is beyond repair. It’s relatively easy to repair hairline cracks – and the sooner you fix them, the better. But if your driveway has extensive cracking with large cracks, it may be time to replace it.
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Besides being eyesores, potholes can cause damage to your car every time you drive over them. You can extend the life of your driveway by having small potholes filled and patched as soon as you notice them. But if you have several deep potholes in your driveway, it probably means that the foundation is compromised and it’s time to replace it.
4. Neglecting to Sealcoat
Sealing, along with routine maintenance, helps prolong the life of your driveway. Asphalt and concrete driveways need a resealing application every 2 to 3 years to prevent cracks and other damage. If it has been several years since you’ve resealed your driveway, the damage may be beyond repair.
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5. It’s Getting Old
Sometimes, old age is the reason to replace a driveway. The average lifespan for an asphalt driveway is about 20 years. However, if your driveway is over 15 years old and is starting to look worn or damaged, it may be time to have it replaced. Replacing your aging driveway is a better investment than sinking money into repairs.
Let Premium Asphalt Paving & Sealcoating replace your cracked and damaged driveway!
Is it time to replace your driveway? At Premium Asphalt Paving & Sealcoating, we specialize in custom driveway installations using high-quality materials at competitive prices. If you’re in the Bryan/College Station and surrounding Brazos Valley, contact us today to learn more about our residential asphalt and paving services. You’ll be happy you hired us!
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