Asphalt FAQs

At some point in time, just about everyone needs to consider either having new pavement installed or existing pavement repaired around their home or commercial property. What follows are some common questions asked about asphalt repair and installation.

  • Q: Do I really need to have my pavement sealcoated?
  • A: YES! Sealcoating not only helps protect new pavement; it also restores older pavement so that it looks like new again. Your asphalt can be damaged by the elements, including direct sun, freezing temperatures, and rainfall – not to mention years of heavy traffic, exposure to irrigation water, etc. Sealcoating provides a protective layer to the top of the pavement, preventing water from seeping under the surface, protecting it from the freeze/thaw cycle, and guarding against damaging UV rays.
  • Q: My asphalt only has tiny cracks on the surface, so why should I have it repaired now?
  • A: When it comes to repairing asphalt, the sooner the better. Even the smallest cracks can allow rain and irrigation water to seep under the surface. Once that happens, the water can break down the structure of the sublayers. That can lead to major damage and possibly even result in needing to have the pavement replaced altogether. Repairing the small cracks right away will prevent costly repairs from being needed later on.
  • Q: How do I know if my pavement needs to be replaced?
  • A: The real answer is – you don’t! Only a trained paving contractor can assess whether or not your existing pavement can be saved through repair, or whether you need to have it replaced entirely. Even if the damage on the surface seems minimal – tiny cracks or small depressions in the pavement, for example – it could be an indication that much more extensive damage exists below the surface. Only an experienced pavement professional can make that assessment for you.
  • Q: How long will my new asphalt surface last?
  • A: The answer is that it all depends. If your new pavement consists of a residential driveway that isn’t exposed to large trucks or other heavy equipment and has some sort of cover over the top of it, it could last for 10, 15, or even 20 years. On the other hand, for an asphalt parking lot or road that is constantly exposed to the elements and a daily barrage of heavy traffic, the lifespan is likely to be much less. But asphalt is an extremely durable material, and its lifespan all depends on how well it’s taken care of. That’s why it’s so important to repair any minor damage promptly and maintain the surface by keeping it clean and protecting it with sealcoat on a regular basis.

If you have questions about your asphalt surface, don’t hesitate to contact a local reputable contractor today. Most paving specialists are happy to visit your home or business and provide you with an assessment of your paving needs, as well as a free estimate of services.