Most residential driveways are either concrete or asphalt, and homeowners typically find asphalt has a lot of advantages. For example, it can be laid in just a few days, and it’s ready to use almost immediately. It’s cheaper than concrete, and it tends to be more durable. Even the best asphalt driveway, though, will need some maintenance and repair over time, but just because you see those first alligator cracks, does that mean you need an entirely new driveway? Take a moment to learn about asphalt repair before you call the paving company!
Take a Look At the Damage
The key factor in whether or not you need an entirely new driveway is the extent of the damage itself. If you’re seeing surface cracks only, for example, you probably have some repair options you might not otherwise have. For example, heavy rain, the extreme Austin heat, and even weeds and grass can create some of those small cracked areas you might notice. At that point, a simple sealant can typically stop the cracks from spreading and give your driveway many years of additional life.
Deeper cracks may need additional attention. Potholes certainly do. If the base of your driveway is giving way in a number of areas, you may also need to bring out the big guns when it comes to repair. So, before you do anything, see if you can accurately describe your situation. That will help give you a starting place for your research, and it can also help contractors get an accurate picture of what might be going on before you set up a consultation session.
Repair or Replace?
Only a paving professional can tell you which way to go for sure, as if the damage is too severe, a complete replacement may be your only option. Have the contractor take a look at all of the problems, then give you a full write-up of his assessment before you make any conclusions or decisions. While you’ll want to trust his opinion, it never hurts to contact a few other paving companies for a second look.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
One of the single best things you can do to avoid full replacement of your driveway is to make certain you clean your driveway on a regular basis and cover it with a seal coat on at least an annual basis. It will ensure the binders in the asphalt remain whole as long as possible.
Bennett Paving Inc.
23004 Windy Valley Road
Leander, TX 78641
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