Generally, you can expect your asphalt surface to last around 20 years with proper care and maintenance. It can be difficult to know when you may need full asphalt replacement or if resurfacing is an option. Understanding the difference between the two services is key.
Asphalt resurfacing is a great option if your foundation is still in good shape. As the name of the service suggests, asphalt resurfacing involves removing the top layer of your surface and installing new asphalt over top. This method allows for the removal of any damaged pavement while still keeping the base intact. Asphalt resurfacing is a viable option if your surface is less than 20 years old and there are no deep cracks that reach down to the base. If less than 30% of your surface needs repair or attention, asphalt resurfacing may be the solution in your situation!
If your foundation is unstable or damaged and your surface is over 20 years old, asphalt replacement may be your best option. Deep asphalt cracks that reach down to the base can be detrimental to your surface, especially if more than 30% is compromised. At some point, there comes a time where every asphalt surface will need to be completely replaced. Though it may seem like a big investment, asphalt replacement is a more cost-effective solution in the long run as constant repairs can quickly add up.
The only way to truly tell if you need asphalt resurfacing or replacement is to contact a knowledgeable and experienced professional. At Sima Construction Inc., our contractors can inspect your surface and advise if asphalt replacement or resurfacing is right for your situation.