When is it appropriate to resurface your asphalt driveway?
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Asphalt Resurfacing, or overlay, is a way of repairing existing asphalt by paving overtop of it. There are certain preparations for constructing an overlay, which include milling, or shaving, the original pavement into a more even surface to help match the existing landscaping around it. Areas that are in very poor condition must be removed and patched. The pavement is cleaned, an adhesive is laid down, and then the new asphalt can be applied in layers.
Overlaying is less expensive than fully reconstructing a paved surface, and typically takes less time, making it a great option when considering major asphalt repairs. This is more appealing for a large parking lot as it is less costly to resurface a large area then to replace it. However, the areas that now puddle will again puddle since in most cases, the grade cannot be alter by just paving an overlay. Also, any problems with the sub base will still be there so any cracking in the existing asphalt will come back up through the overlay- this is called “reflective cracking”.
Life expectancy for an overlay or resurfaced parking lot is 8-10 years if properly maintained.
Contact New Hampshire Paving Pros to find out if asphalt resurfacing is an option for your driveway. We are happy to meet you on-site for a free consultation to talk about your driveway. Give us a call or fill out the form to the right to set up an appointment to meet with our project manager. We look forward to working on your paving job!
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