No matter how often you seal cracks or perform maintenance on your driveway, eventually it will be necessary to have the driveway resurfaced. But many homeowners can not determine when resurfacing may be a better option than simply sealing. Luckily, we’ve compiled a handy guide to tell you everything you need to know about asphalt sealing and resurfacing.
How Often Is Resurfacing Necessary?
While you may think there is a one size fits all answer, how often you should resurface your driveway actually depends on both the climate and overall wear and tear of your driveway. To err on the side of caution, it is a good idea to have your driveway resealed every two to three years. Some homeowners decide to sealcoat their driveway every single year, but this can actually lead to an increase in peeling and cracking, so it is best avoided. Resealing will help hold the asphalt together, making resurfacing a last ditch option.
Signs To Look Out For.
Your driveway will start to tell you when it’s time for resurfacing. Multiple small cracks, a change in color, and an all around weathered looking driveway means it’s time to reseal. The sealcoat will restore the shiny, bright appearance of the driveway while also closing any smaller hairline cracks. Larger cracks should be filled before resealing.
The Importance of Resurfacing Your Driveway
Cracks allow water and other liquids to penetrate underneath the base of the asphalt. In winter, this water freezes and thus causes the cracks to expand and eventually break up the driveway into chunks. When the pavement begins to be severely cracked and broken, no amount of rubber fill will be enough to fully hold it together. Similarly, resealing will do nothing to repair major breaks or deep ruts. In both cases, the only option is to have the asphalt completely resurfaced.
Determining when to resurface your driveway requires keeping an eye out for any damage, cracks, fading and other signs. By taking a bit of time to ensure your driveway is properly maintained and cracks are sealed before growing, you can avoid having it resurfaced for many years to come. Need help sealing or surfacing? The team at Epic Paving is here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us today at 416-701-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.