An Overview of Asphalt Driveway Repair, Replacement and Installation

September 7, 2021

There are many benefits to having an asphalt driveway. They’re durable, inexpensive and nice to look at. Asphalt driveways also don’t require as much maintenance as other types of paved surfaces. It doesn’t take long to install an asphalt driveway, especially when working with an experienced service provider. That said, even a properly installed asphalt driveway can experience issues over time.

If your driveway has cracks or other damage, it’s important to get it repaired right away. Doing so can help prevent the problem from getting much worse. While it’s possible to take care of some smaller repairs on your own, it’s generally better to contact a professional, especially for larger issues. Read on for more information on asphalt driveway repairs, replacement and installation.

DIY asphalt repairs

As mentioned above, it’s possible to take care of small asphalt repairs on your own. However, it’s essential that you have all the right tools on hand. For small cracks, you’ll usually only need a caulking gun, putty knife and some sort of asphalt crack filler. Simply apply the filler to the crack with the caulking gun, then scrape away any excess with the putty knife.

Potholes and other larger damage will require more time and energy. You’ll also need to invest in an asphalt patch, shovel and tamper. For anything other than very small cracks, most people prefer to have a professional take care of their asphalt repairs. This helps ensure the job is done right and prevents the need to buy expensive tools.

The asphalt installation and replacement processes

There’s a lot that goes into installing an asphalt driveway. Your service provider will likely first remove the existing surface with heavy machinery. They will then remove debris and ensure correct drainage. After that, they will lay down a subbase on which to add the new asphalt. The process for replacing an asphalt driveway is usually quite similar.

It’s important to know when it’s time to replace your driveway. For example, if you’re frequently having to pay for repairs, it might be time for a replacement. Other signs that you need an asphalt driveway replacement include standing water, cracks, missing pieces and raveling. Don’t put off replacing your driveway as major cracks and potholes could end up damaging your vehicles. Replacing your driveway can also help you save money in the long run.

Maintaining your new asphalt driveway

After your new asphalt driveway installation project is complete, it’s important to provide it with proper maintenance. One of the most important aspects of asphalt maintenance is preventing gasoline and oil spills. Both materials can damage your asphalt surface if left sitting for too long. That’s why it’s best to clean any spills right away.

If you want to add some extra protection to your driveway, apply a top-quality sealcoating. It’s best to reapply a sealcoating once every few years for optimal protection. Other asphalt driveway maintenance steps include making repairs quickly, removing standing water, routine cleaning and much more.

Contact RoadBuilders today for all your asphalt driveway installation, replacement and repair needs!

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