Deciding whether you should replace or simply repair damage to your paved parking lot or driveways requires an informed decision, typically based on an inspection by a professional asphalt contractor. Generally, if the foundation of the asphalt pavement isn’t damaged, you can get by with repairs that will save you money and prolong the life of your paved surface.
If your asphalt driveway or parking lot has significant damage to its foundation, however, it may be time for a new asphalt installation. While resurfacing may be less expensive in the short-term, damage to the foundation will reach a point where the cost of repairs exceeds the cost to replace.
Repairing your pavement is possible if:
- Less than 25% to 30% of asphalt pavement needs repairs
- Foundation is structurally sound
- Asphalt pavement is less than 20 years old
- Cracks are smaller than a quarter inch wide
- Cracks are shallow (not several inches deep)
Replacement may be necessary if your pavement shows any of the following warning signs:
- More than 25% to 30% of the asphalt pavement surface is damaged and needs repairs
- Structural damage has made the foundation is unstable
- Your paved, asphalt surface is more than 20 years old
- Cracks in the pavement are more than ¼ inch wide
When It’s Time to Replace
Sometimes, an asphalt surface is beyond the point where repairs will provide lasting help, usually due to foundation and structural issues. Before proceeding with the replacement option, it’s a good idea to have a professional, licensed asphalt contractor verify that your paved surfaces is beyond repair. While repairs may be less expensive in the short-term, eventually there will reach a point where the cost of repairs exceeds the cost of new asphalt installation. With proper maintenance, your new paved area can last another 20 – 30 years.
If the decision is made to replace your parking lot or driveway, we can help you every step of the way including:
- The removal of existing pavement,
- identifying and addressing subgrade issues,
- Lay down a drainage layer of compacted gravel
- Lay down a layer of compacted asphalt as a base.
- Laying down a brand-new layer of asphalt for the surface
This replacement method ensures that your asphalt surface has a solid base and will last as long as possible.
Contact Us for a No Obligation Assessment
To see if Johnson & Sons Paving is the right contractor for your project, contact us here, or call (262) 251-5585 for a no-obligation estimate and project assessment. Our customers appreciate that we keep our commitments, we are easy to work with and we are responsive to their needs.