Everything You Need to Know About Driveway Repair and Replacement

September 17, 2021

Asphalt is one of the most popular options for driveways. It’s attractive and durable, providing great curb appeal and a high return on investment. You might never need to worry about making repairs or new asphalt driveway installation, but it doesn’t hurt to learn a little bit about it.

This post will cover a few things every homeowner should know about their driveway and how to ensure it’s being cared for properly.

Repairing asphalt

Leaving driveway repairs up to a professional is typically your best bet; however, you can fix small cracks and holes by yourself. Just remember that the temperature must be at least 60 degrees for the repairs to hold up.

Start by spraying the area down with a hose and then applying weed killer in each of the cracks. Fill in small cracks with sand to within ¼ of an inch of the surface before adding an asphalt filler. Blacktop repair kits are available for just a few bucks at any home improvement store.

For deeper holes, you’ll need to pour gravel in the hole to within 4 inches of the surface before pouring in asphalt patch. You could also add cold-lay asphalt in 1-inch layers, packing it down firmly as you go.

Consider calling a pro instead of making these repairs by yourself. Professionals can get the job done in half the time, and their work is sure to hold up for longer than yours. As long as you hire our team at Paveco Inc., professional installation can be cheaper than trying to tackle the job on your own.

Do you need a new driveway?

Continuously fixing cracks in your old driveway can get quite tiresome. There may come a day when you need to hire a pro for asphalt driveway installation. These are a few signs that it’s time for a new driveway:

  • Age: An asphalt driveway can last for up to 20 years before it needs to be replaced. If your driveway is getting up there in years, you may want to invest in a new one. A new driveway will drastically improve your curb appeal and home’s resale value.
  • Cracks and potholes: Even if you fix those cracks and potholes, your driveway still won’t look brand new. If your driveway is riddled with asphalt patches from DIY repairs, we recommend installing a new one.
  • Drainage issues: If you have standing water in your driveway after a storm, this could be a sign that your driveway has poor drainage. Ignoring this issue leads to a weakened surface and eventually nasty potholes. Your best bet is often replacing the driveway, though your contractor may be able to install drains.

Hire our team for all of your driveway needs

Whether you need new asphalt driveway installation or repairs to your current one, we hope you’ll choose our team at Paveco Inc. We have decades of experience working on residential driveways. Get in touch with us today to get your free estimate for your repairs or a new driveway.

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