Driveway resurfacing is an asphalt repair process that consists of simply scraping off the worn top layer of pavement and laying down a fresh new surface. This helps eliminate some of the damage that your driveway may have endured due to varied weather conditions and leaking liquids from your vehicle and restores the appearance and structural integrity of your driveway. Understanding some of the warning signs associated with a driveway that is in poor condition and due for a resurfacing can help you determine when it's time for you to get in touch with a paving contractor from a place like Mariotti Site Development Co Inc.
While discolored asphalt may not seem like a major concern, it is more than a superficial problem. Graying or otherwise worn out and dry looking asphalt has been damaged by the elements and UV radiation, which has caused it to dry up and become more brittle and prone to cracking and other physical damage. Resurfacing will not only restore the sleek black appearance of your driveway but will also make structural damage much less likely in the future.
Another indication that it may be time to lay down a new surface on your driveway is if you notice that there are areas where water pools and fails to drain after it rains. This is usually due to structural damage that has caused certain parts of your driveway to sink. Excessive water exposure can quickly wear asphalt away and make it more vulnerable to other types of damage. Further, these divots can be quite destructive to your driveway, especially in colder climates, as water that is able to seep into the asphalt and then freeze can contribute to cracking and the development of potholes and other similar types of damage.
Finally, the last yet most obvious sign that it is time for you to get in touch with a paving contractor about driveway resurfacing is if your driveway suffers from a great deal of physical damage. Cracks, potholes, and crumbling edges can all point to a driveway that is on its last legs. While minor cracks and smaller potholes can be filled or patched individually, cracks, even small ones, that cover a large portion of your driveway's area and larger potholes represent severe structural degradation that patching and filling will only be able to slow, not stop. For best results, you should have the entire driveway resurfaced, as this will ensure that the entirety of your driveway is well protected against future damage.