At some point in the lifetime of your asphalt, it will probably need resurfacing. But what is resurfacing? How is it different from other asphalt treatments such as seal coating and repaving? If your asphalt needs some TLC, reach out to Reliable Paving in DFW.
What is asphalt resurfacing?
The process of resurfacing is placing a new layer of asphalt paving over your existing asphalt. Usually the layer is 1-2 inches thick.
Asphalt resurfacing corrects existing structural damage. It’s very similar to two other asphalt surface treatments: repaving, and seal coating.
Comparing Resurfacing, Repaving, and seal coating
This is essentially done to protect your asphalt from future damage. It is not usually done on damaged asphalt, as it won’t have much effect there. It is by far the most effective as a preventative measure. Seal coating is the application of a protective layer on the top of asphalt. By sealing the top layer, it protects asphalt from damage from:
- UV rays from the sun.
- Rain, snow, and other precipitation.
- Solvents and fluids leaked by automobiles.
Seal coating is usually performed 6 months to 1 year after asphalt is first laid. It can be reapplied every several years to ensure that your asphalt has a long lifetime and looks its best.
Seal coating will not repair structural damage or major defects in the asphalt, including:
Fortunately, Reliable Paving provides high quality sealcoating, for not just asphalt, but also concrete, pavement, and black top.
Repaving is exactly what it sounds like. It is the complete removal of seriously degraded asphalt, followed by replacement by new paving. Consider asphalt repaving as the nuclear option for repairing damaged asphalt, it wipes away the old and replaces it with the new. Repaving is a good solution for:
- Alligator cracking: This is a network of cracking that looks like a desert or the skin of a reptile (hence the name). It usually is a sign of serious underlying structural issues.
- Foundation cracking.
- Uneven paving, such as heaves or sink holes.
- Large potholes.
- Eroded subgrade (the earth beneath the asphalt). In this case, not only does the asphalt need repaving, but the area beneath the asphalt definitely needs some attention.
Repaving is usually done once the asphalt is at least several years old. It is typically done to either repair serious asphalt damage, or to simply replace extremely old asphalt. If the asphalt is old but functional, why replace? Because new asphalt may have a longer lifespan, and it may look much better. Your parking lot/driveway is usually the first thing a customer sees when going to your business, so it helps to make a good first impression.
As we mentioned, resurfacing is the process of covering the surface of your driveway or parking lot with a new layer of asphalt. It structurally reinforces it, while giving it a new clean appearance. Asphalt resurfacing specifically is a fix for:
- Alligator and other large cracks.
- Small bumps and uneven areas.
- Age and faded appearance.
- Liquid pooling.
- Aged asphalt without any major structural problems.
What asphalt resurfacing doesn’t fix:
- Major potholes (over several inches deep)
- Foundation cracks.
- Eroded subgrade.
- Major sinkholes or uneven areas.
- If more than 30% of your paved area has structural problems.
At Reliable Paving, we are proud to provide some of the best asphalt paving repair services in Texas.
Now we are adding resurfacing to our extensive list of services provided.
Why choose resurfacing over other forms of asphalt remediation?
Unfortunately, too many paving contractors will advise you to get the most expensive treatment. Sure, completely repaving the asphalt will restore all of the problems that it has, but it’s not always necessary. Properly cared-for asphalt can last for multiple decades, so why replace it when you don’t need to? This is where asphalt resurfacing really shines.
Benefits of asphalt resurfacing compared to other methods of repair
- Lower cost due to lower resource requirements. Resurfacing requires less labor, materials, machinery, and aggregate/binder. This translates into a lower price point for the end client.
- Improved service life. By avoiding replacing the existing asphalt paving before it is absolutely necessary, you can seriously extend the lifetime of your driveway or parking lot.
- The paving will look new again. This leads to better impressions of customers, clients, and business partners who visit your place of business.
- Resurfacing is faster. This means that your business will have much less downtime when you go through with it. Complete repair or repaving can result in your parking lot being out of commission for weeks or more. Resurfacing means you business will be up, running, and bringing in revenue faster.
Recap: When is it time to resurface your driveway?
You already know the benefits of resurfacing, as well as what it can fix, but how do you know when it is right for you? When should you choose resurfacing above repair or simply filling in a few potholes?
- There is structural damage that covers less than 30% of your paving. Structural damage includes:
- Alligator and other large cracks.
- Pools of liquid.
- The asphalt is aging or faded in appearance.
- You want to extend the driveway or parking lot’s lifespan.
- You want to safe time and money rather than engage in costly repairs.
Is asphalt resurfacing the right choice for you?
If resurfacing is what you need, then Reliable Paving has got you covered. We are a full-service paving contractor based out of the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex. Our services range the whole gamut from restriping and painting to completely new paving projects, repairs, and everything in-between. If you want resurfacing that is done quickly, efficiently, and to the highest standards of quality, then send us a message today.