Driveway repair raises many questions a homeowner should ask themselves: should you patch, overlay or invest in a full removal and replacement? When caring for your driveway, one of the most important things that should take place is prevention. Preventing damage before it happens, as well as maintaining your paved surface during throughout its life is vital, however, what do you do once the damage is done?
Evaluate the outside factors. Which area do you live in? Is it a warm, sunny climate? Or a cold, rainy climate? Is there constantly heavy trucks driving over your driveway? These are all very important factors to consider when maintaining and fixing up a driveway. Elements such as sunlight/heat, rain/cold temperatures, heavy traffic and petroleum products are the culprits of paving damage.
First of all, in order for a proper paving job to be completed, the foundation must be strong. Many homeowners will opt to deal with the growing damage instead of replace or repair it. This is a very cost efficient way of going about it, but in the long term can cause much bigger, more expensive problems. Paving a driveway is much like making a cake, you can’t frost it without the spongy cake layer which essentially acts as the foundation. Once the foundation is set and strong, the remaining layers can rest comfortably, allowing the finished product to last much longer.
Like many things in life, asphalt also has its life span. If the age of your driveway is approaching the 20 year mark, it calls for a complete overhaul. Spending precious time and money patching and placing an overlay over an old driveway is not worth it. A complete removal and replacement is the best bet. By the 20 year mark, the liquid asphalt has lost its strength and elasticity, the asphalt has become weak and brittle from the elements, and heavy cracking is most likely present.
A strong, intact and healthy driveway will for sure be one of the selling points in a home. Buyers are visual, drawing in on homes that have curb appeal and a healthy foundation. They want to know they won’t need to invest in costly repairs shortly after their big purchase, so if your current driveway is visibly damaged, it is important to repair it prior to selling.
Doing business with an experienced, knowledgable company such as Richmond Blacktop that uses only the highest quality products will make all the difference when investing in driveway repair. We offer services in overlays, patching and full removal and replacement. Contact us now for a free estimate and let’s start your next project today!