Your asphalt driveway, like all other exterior surfaces, will begin to degrade over time as it experiences and withstands the pressure of constant weather exposure, especially when coupled with the added weight and chemicals that can come from your vehicles. Knowing some of the main signs that your asphalt driveway has reached the end of its lifespan can make it easier for you to determine when you should start seriously thinking about having a contractor repair or even completely repave your asphalt surface.
Discoloration and Fading
Though it may seem like nothing more than a superficial concern, one of the first — and also one of the easiest to notice — signs that your asphalt driveway may need to be replaced is if the color has faded from a dark black to a lighter gray. This points to the general age of the asphalt, and the fact that it has experienced a significant amount of sun bleaching, physical pressure, and other variables associated with weather exposure. The change in color also points to the asphalt becoming more brittle, which means that it is more likely to develop cracks, potholes, and other forms of damage.
Obviously, the most common form of damage that will affect your driveway is cracking. Cracks will develop due to physical pressure and moisture that is allowed to seep into your asphalt and then freeze. For this reason, even small cracks should be addressed immediately: their presence allows more water to seep into your driveway and expand the cracks across the surface. Get in touch with a paving contractor quickly — catching cracks early can be the difference between only having to patch up a small portion of your driveway using crack filler, which is a much cheaper solution, and having to repave the entire thing.
Finally, one more thing that you should watch out for is the presence of pooling water on your driveway. Puddles that form and remain on your driveway for an extended period of time can point to drainage and structural issues. Heavy pressure and damage can cause your driveway's surface to become uneven, thus preventing water from properly draining. Repaving can restore the proper slope to your driveway and allow water to drain off effectively. This is important because, as already mentioned, water can seep into asphalt and contribute to the development of cracks and potholes in your driveway if allowed to accumulate over a long enough period of time.
For more information, contact a contractor like Specialty Construction Supply.Share
4 February 2019
I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.