How to know when it’s time to completely remove your asphalt and replace it with brand new asphalt pavement

Is Your Asphalt Saying “SOS”? Signs It’s Time for a Complete Asphalt Replacement

As strong and durable as asphalt is, time and wear-and-tear are inevitable. For homeowners with driveways and commercial property owners with parking lots, a critical question arises: how do you know when a simple patch job or sealcoat won’t suffice and a complete asphalt replacement is necessary? Asphalt Help Paving & Sealcoating is here to guide you through the telltale signs your asphalt is screaming for help.

Cracks Galore: A few small cracks can often be addressed with crack sealing. However, a web of interconnected cracks or large, alligator cracks that resemble crocodile skin indicate the asphalt base itself is compromised. This is a strong signal for a complete replacement.

Crumbling & Potholes: As asphalt ages and deteriorates, it loses its flexibility and begins to crumble at the edges. Left unaddressed, these areas worsen, creating potholes—a tripping hazard and a potential car damage nightmare. Extensive crumbling necessitates a complete asphalt replacement.

Pooling Water: Properly laid asphalt allows for water drainage. However, significant depressions or large cracks can cause water to pool. Pooled water not only weakens the asphalt but can also lead to mosquito breeding grounds and unwanted guests. A complete replacement ensures proper water drainage and a safer environment.

Settlement & Uneven Surfaces: Over time, the ground beneath the asphalt can settle unevenly. This can cause the asphalt surface to become uneven, creating bumps and dips. Uneven surfaces are not only unattractive but can also be a safety hazard, especially for pedestrians and cyclists. A complete asphalt replacement allows for proper leveling and a smooth, safe surface.

The Age Factor: Even with proper care, asphalt has a lifespan. For driveways, this is typically 15-20 years, and for parking lots exposed to higher traffic, it can be 10-15 years. If your asphalt is nearing the end of its expected lifespan and exhibiting some of the warning signs above, a complete replacement is likely the most cost-effective solution in the long run.

Ignoring these signs can lead to more extensive and expensive repairs down the road. Asphalt Help Paving & Sealcoating offers expert advice and free consultations to homeowners and commercial property owners throughout the area. Contact us today to schedule yours and ensure your asphalt paves the way for a safe and functional property!

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