Over time asphalt can suffer from cracks and deterioration that is caused by things such as car leaks and the weather. Deciding whether or not you should repair it or repave it is a choice that is not easily made. There are benefits and drawbacks that come with both options so you should factor in the differences. So what are the differences between patching and redoing asphalt and which one is right for you? The following points illustrate the pros and cons of each process and will help you come to a firm decision on whether you should repair your asphalt driveway or pave a new one.
How much does it Cost to Repair Asphalt?
As you probably expected, repairing asphalt is much cheaper than paving it. However, paving asphalt is still a much cheaper option than laying down any other material, while still being just as durable. Repairs are cheap and quick and can either be done by you or a professional. Depending on how drastic the repairs are it may be worth it to simply repave so examine the situation and get a professional opinion if you aren’t sure.
Is it faster to Repair or Pave New Asphalt?
While it is faster to repair asphalt in the short term, it also lacks the permanence that comes with repaving it. Meaning, you’re going to have to do it more frequently. This repetition of having to repair can take both more time and money in the long run if you find yourself having to do it all the time. Asphalt has a lifespan of about 20 years so the longer it’s been since you’ve paved it the more likely it is that repairing it isn’t your best option.
When Is it Time to Pave a New Asphalt Driveway?
Now that you’ve seen the differences between repairing and paving an asphalt driveway, it’s important to take into consideration how far you are into the lifespan of your driveway. As mentioned before, the older the asphalt is the more likely things such as cracks and decomposition are to happen. Asphalt lasts around 20 years but this can vary depending on the environment and there comes a time in which it is best to simply pave a new one. Especially if you’re finding you are having to repair it constantly.
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You can count on Walt’s Paving to complete your residential or commercial paving project in an efficient and timely manner. We have over 40 years of experience paving asphalt driveways, making asphalt repairs, and seal coating asphalt. We are located in Osceola IN and service homeowners and businesses within 50 miles of Elkhart IN. If you have any further questions regarding our services, do not hesitate to contact us today.