Regularly maintaining your asphalt driveway is crucial for a long lifespan. Whether you intend to sell your property in the near future or plan to stay there for many more years, you need to ensure that your pavement is well-maintained. Unfortunately, while sealcoating and other maintenance measures help preserve the driveway, they’re not enough in some cases.
If your driveway is cracked, has sunken areas, looks dull, or shows any other signs of deterioration, then it’s time to think about asphalt removal. If you have noticed significant cracks on your driveway in Hatfield, it is a good idea to contact an expert asphalt contractor like Deluxe Blacktop Paving Contractor LLC.
You can also check for any major problems with the pavement by looking for these four key indicators:
If you notice the existing cracks and potholes on the surface widening, it is a sign of significant asphalt deterioration. These can be fixed, but only by removing the old pavement first. Cracks and potholes evolve and are usually the result of trapped water below or sudden fluctuations in temperature. While crack filling and sealcoating may work temporarily, there comes a time when asphalt removal is the only solution to resolve this problem.
Alligator cracks are called this because they resemble the scales on an alligator. Among the various types of cracks on asphalt surfaces, alligator cracking is considered the most severe. So, when you see alligator cracking on your pavement, plan for repaving soon. In some cases, cracks can become so large that the asphalt comes loose and detaches from the foundation below.
This is a sign of distress that you should not ignore as it will only worsen with time.
End of the Pavement’s Lifespan
As asphalt ages, it becomes brittle and can quickly start chipping away. When this happens on your driveway, you may require complete removal of the old surface followed by installing a new layer of asphalt before repaving.
If you notice cracks in your driveway that are larger than an inch or two, with large spaces between them, then chances are there is a problem with the sub-base. In other words, the ground beneath your driveway has become soft because water from rain seeps through tiny holes in the pavement and eventually causes it to sink deeper into the earth below.
The Damaging Elements
Freezing temperatures, heavy traffic, and exposure to UV rays are all factors that can damage your driveway in the long run. If your driveway is subject to such damaging elements without much protection for prolonged periods, then you may need to remove it immediately and have it replaced.
Deluxe Blacktop Paving Contractor LLC provides residents of Hatfield first-rate, reliable asphalt paving solutions to help extend the life of your pavement. Get a free estimate for our asphalt removal and paving services today.