Due to its natural flexibility and sleek black appearance, asphalt is the ideal material for constructing driveways. While it’s durable, the material is bound to develop some cracks over the years. Eventually, driveway resurfacing might be required. If you’re unfamiliar with this process, here’s what you should know.
A Guide to Driveway Resurfacing
What is resurfacing?
When an asphalt driveway is damaged, you can patch, resurface, or replace it. Resurfacing--covering the existing driveway with a new layer of asphalt--is often recommended when there are cracks and holes throughout the surface but the subgrade is still mostly intact. This allows you to restore the look of the pavement without paying the full cost for a brand new installation.
Why can’t you just patch the cracks?In many instances, when asphalt cracks are larger than a quarter-inch wide, patching is not that effective. Water is still able to penetrate the surface, and in the winter, this puts the pavement at risk of the freeze-thaw effect, which will only increase the width and depth of the damage. Resurfacing saves you time and effort by completely covering all cracks and gaps leading to the subgrade.
When is resurfacing not effective?If the cracks in your pavement are several inches deep, it’s probably too late to resurface. In these instances, the foundation is already shot and will need to be rebuilt before new asphalt can be poured. Also, if the driveway is buckling or wavy in spots, resurfacing won’t be effective in the long run.
What’s the difference between sealcoating and resurfacing?Approximately six months after your driveway is installed, it should be sealed with a protective coating to safeguard against oxidization, chemical spills, and moisture absorption. This maintenance is then repeated every two to three years to prevent the asphalt from drying out and becoming stiff and brittle. Unlike resurfacing, it doesn’t stop cracks in the surface from growing and spreading.
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