Over time, your asphalt driveway is going to suffer some damage. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of it or what measures you take to ensure that it lasts forever; there are going to be cracks and holes at some point.
But how do you know when it’s time to completely replace your asphalt driveway? Some factors to consider are the age of your driveway, the number of potholes and cracks it has, and the size of these potholes and cracks. Now, let’s take a closer look at what these qualities mean for your asphalt.
The Age of Your Asphalt
Asphalt is only meant to last about 20 years, although asphalt that undergoes regular maintenance can last up to 25 years in mild climates. So, if your asphalt is at or close to this age, it might be a good idea to consider replacing it entirely.
This is because weather and everyday use gradually wear away at more than just the asphalt’s surface. After around 20 years, the underlying foundation of your driveway will likely be significantly worn down, as well. The materials throughout every layer of your pavement will be degraded. At this point, repairing your driveway probably isn’t feasible.
Surface Cracks and Potholes in Your Asphalt
As time passes, your driveway will eventually begin to crack and may become pitted with holes. Some of these surface imperfections are easy to repair and don’t require a full replacement. However, if the cracks or holes are very wide and/or deep, it may indicate a more serious problem with the foundation of your pavement.
Small imperfections can be easily fixed. But the presence of larger, structural damage, plus the advanced age of your asphalt, might dictate that you need to completely replace it. In this circumstance, the amount of time, labor, and money required to repair the asphalt simply isn’t justifiable, so replacement is the smarter investment.
Get Expert Advice Today!
Can’t tell whether your asphalt’s condition is better suited for repair or replacement? Don’t hesitate to reach out. When you need advice or a quote on driveway repair or new driveway installation, call United Asphalt Paving. We’re happy to help property owners in Fort Worth and surrounding areas of Texas.