Asphalt repair can be costly – anyone who has a large pavement or parking area to maintain will be the first to admit.
Whether the repair involves patching a hole, a crack or replacing the entire surface, an asphalt repair demands that the job be done properly the first time by a contractor with experience and a track record for success.
However, the thought of replacing an entire asphalt surface creates anxiety to both property owners and businesses. When cracks appear and grass starts sprouting on old asphalt, it can be difficult to decide whether to save money by patching the bad spots or just replace the entire asphalt surface.
The factors in the decision to repair or replace an asphalt driveway are more complicated because while a quick fix may be cost effective, a permanent solution such as replacement may be better in the long run.
Here are five major considerations to help you decide what the best option for you is.
Asphalt Repair – Your Budget and How Much Do You Have to Spend?
If there are enough funds set aside (reserve fund assets) to replace the asphalt surface, then you have more options depending on the damage, condition of the asphalt surface, and what results you expect. With little to no budget, you may be forced to consider a temporary asphalt repair that could extend the life of the pavement or driveway by weeks or months.
It is important to involve an asphalt repair company in the process to determine which is the most economical option, especially if you are carrying out the repair on a tight budget.
Asphalt Repair – Size and Severity of the Damage
No matter how well you take care of your pavement, the traffic passing over it and constant freeze-thaw cycles will certainly cause damage at some point. Damage may show as narrow cracks you can live with or potholes that an asphalt repair company must repair before the pothole grows bigger.
Depending on how severe the damage on the surface is and the risk it poses to the rest of the surface, you can determine how much individual areas cost to repair and compare with the cost of an overall replacement. Typically, cracks over a quarter inch on asphalt surfaces may show signs of deeper damage that liquid crack-fillers cannot fix.
Here’s an article we wrote a few months ago related to asphalt repair that will help you determine the types of asphalt deterioration and what to do with it – 5 Clear Signs That You Should Invest In Paving Services
Asphalt Repair – Condition and Age of the Asphalt Surface
You cannot ignore the fact that asphalt will age and deteriorate over time.
Old cracked asphalt surfaces can have deep deterioration beneath the surface that could make them very difficult to repair. Attempting to repair severely aged asphalt may be ineffective because the older asphalt may have substrate problems causing issues with cohesion of the new pavement. Potholes are bound to re-appear where the surface is patched or where the old and the new surfaces overlap.
In cases where the surface is very old and damaged, an expert would recommend an overhaul of the pavement. However, newer pavements with little signs of cracking and flaws can be patched creating a more permanent solution.
Asphalt Repair – Traffic on the Damaged Surface
A professional asphalt repair company would use a patching material to repair damage on an asphalt surface to fix against further damage. When water intrusion starts to create new cracks and deterioration between the old material and the new one, this could be a sign that replacement is necessary.
The damage on a repaired surface is often made worse by heavier traffic exerting constant pressure on the patchwork. This means busy surfaces may require urgent or more frequent repairs to prevent further damage to pavement or vehicles traveling on the pavement.
If you are looking to repair parking lot spaces, a patch may be fine for an extended period if the repair is done effectively. However, a thoroughfare in the parking lot or the entry/exit point may demand a replacement evaluation.
Asphalt Repair – The Fix – Repair Dilemma
Many property owners are concerned with the idea of replacing a parking lot and are quick to choose a quick fix rather than deal with the root of the problem. The decision to apply a quick fix or find a lasting solution to asphalt surface damage is often dependent on how quickly the surface needs to be replaced.
The most cost-effective solution may depend on how extensive the damage is but your budget and personal preferences will determine what the best option is.
Would you like help with the decision? Give us a call at 732-886-1940. We are a professional asphalt repair and replacement company. We can help you by viewing your pavement, offering suggestions and taking the right approach for your asphalt repair.