Should I Repair or Repave my Asphalt Surfaces?

How Do I Know When To Repave My Asphalt?

A frequent question we receive here at Raleigh Paving is whether our customers should repair or repave their asphalt surfaces. Though the answer varies from place to place, there are a few key indicators that can clue you in that it may be time to either repair or repave your asphalt surface.

Common Asphalt Failures

As a business-owner or property manager, it is important to keep your asphalt surfaces, whether it be a parking lot, driveway or road, safe and maintained for your customers. Over time all asphalt surfaces begin to show signs of wear and tear, and may exhibit various types of failures that indicate it may be time to resurface or repair. A few things to keep an eye out for include:

  • Cracking is a common indicator of asphalt failure and can appear in several different ways. Asphalt may suffer many cracks in a concentrated area, this is called alligator cracking, or may appear to crack in blocks, also called block cracking. Cracks may appear along edges of roads or parking lots, as well, indicating asphalt failure.
  • Potholes are not only an annoyance, but can damage your, or your customers’, car. Potholes are often caused by severe cracking that has not been fixed, which in turn allows asphalt to break away and form holes.
  • Upheaval occurs when elements below the surface of your asphalt, such as tree roots, cause the base to rise.

Should I Repair or Repave?

Here at Raleigh Paving we believe it’s best to assess each and every one of our North Carolina customers’ cases before determining if their asphalt surface needs resurfacing or a simple repair. The answer can vary based on the type of asphalt failure, the severity of the situation and the cause of the failure.

Each asphalt repair case is situational and the solution should be customized based on the needs of our customers and their budgets. At Raleigh Paving we work to create options for our customers that allow them to address and solve their problems, whether the solution be resurfacing or repair.

What About Sealcoating? Will That Temporarily Solve My Asphalt Failure?

A common misconception about sealcoating is that it can be used to solve problems that have already occurred. Unfortunately, sealcoating is not a retroactive solution, but rather a preventative measure that can help extend your pavement’s life. While sealcoating does not have to be done immediately upon paving, and can provide a facelift for your parking lot even after paving, it will not solve any cracks, potholes or upheaving you may be facing on your Raleigh asphalt surface. Sealcoating is great for providing protection, preventing water penetration and oxidation and performs best early in the lifecycle of a parking lot or other asphalt surface.

Where Do I Start with Asphalt Repair or Resurfacing?

Here at Raleigh Paving we strive to provide our customers throughout North Carolina with quality asphalt paving solutions, and aim to be your number one source for paving questions. If you are ready to begin your asphalt repair or resurfacing give us a call today and we will be happy to help! Are you unsure which solution your parking lot or asphalt surface needs? We will assess your situation and make a recommendation based on our extensive knowledge in the paving industry to help you determine what’s best for your needs. Get started by scheduling a free consultation with Raleigh Paving today!