Asphalt Resurfacing v. Replacement

Your asphalt lot and driveway can have an impact on your company’s first impression. Over time, asphalt can become worn down from constant use, erosion, oxidation, and exposure to the elements. When your lot becomes compromised with cracks and potholes, the lot will look unkept and could even be dangerous. When damage is caught early enough, repair and resurfacing may be an option for maximizing the lifespan of your lot. If you are unsure whether you should resurface or replace your asphalt commercial driveway, Blackjack Paving can help you determine the best choice for your situation. 

Resurface or Replace?

If you are asking the question, “Should I resurface or replace my asphalt driveway?”, the answer is not always a one-size-fits-all solution. There are some guidelines to consider though. First off, consider the age of your asphalt lot. If your lot is already over 20 years old, we do not recommend resurfacing. Resurfacing removes only the top layer of asphalt and replaces it with new. This is only a good plan when the foundation of your asphalt is in good condition. A lot or driveway that is already 20 years old will likely have some structural deterioration. Another factor is the extent of the damage to your lot. If your lot or driveway needs repairs on more than 25-30% of the surface, a replacement will be necessary to ensure stability. Additionally, the depth and severity of the damage matters when choosing between replacement and resurfacing. Resurfacing only works if the damage is shallow and narrow, which is less than a quarter-inch wide and not multiple inches deep.

The Cost to Resurface Asphalt Driveway vs Replacement

Choosing the most conservative method will always be more cost-effective. If you only have a few small cracks, choose crack fill instead of resurfacing your whole lot. If your lot or driveway is a good candidate for resurfacing, it would be more cost-effective than replacement. Resurfacing could save you 8-12 years on replacing your lot when completed at the right time. Because resurfacing is only removing and replacing the top layer of your asphalt, that option is more affordable when your lot or driveway fits the right criteria. Replacement is the only option when your lot or driveway is too damaged, old, or structurally compromised. 

Proper maintenance and upkeep can help maximize the lifespan of your lot. If you have not added sealcoating to your ongoing maintenance, we recommend beginning now. Sealcoating can help protect your asphalt from wear and tear as well as the elements. Typically, sealcoating is recommended every three years as a part of your ongoing upkeep and maintenance.

Whether you need replacement or resurfacing, the Blackjack Paving team is standing by to help. We can help you improve the appearance and safety of your asphalt lot or commercial driveway!

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