Is your asphalt driveway or parking lot looking worse for wear? When was the last time you had it assessed by a professional asphalt paving contractor? If it’s been a while since your asphalt received some professional TLC, you might be considering whether it’s better to repair the asphalt or replace it altogether.

While your decision on whether to repair or replace asphalt should ideally follow a proper assessment and advice from a qualified contractor, it’s important to keep in mind a few key factors before shelling out your hard-earned cash on a quick repair or a complete asphalt replacement. In this post, we’ll be briefly covering what both an asphalt repair and replacement involve.

Asphalt Repair

Asphalt repairs include everything from patching, pothole repairs, and crack filling to complete resurfacing. However, repairing or resurfacing asphalt isn’t as simple as it sounds and whether it’s even possible depends on several factors including:

  • The extent of the damage.
  • The area that needs to be repaired.
  • Foundation damage.
  • Age of the existing asphalt.  

Repairs or patches are typically only worthwhile for small cracks and shallow potholes. Asphalt resurfacing is often the most cost-effective solution to repair multiple surface-level issues and rejuvenate old, worn-out asphalt.

Asphalt Replacement

Asphalt replacement is generally necessary incases where the cost of repairing the surface exceeds the cost of replacing it. While it may be the more expensive option, it’s worth noting that a professional asphalt replacement essentially provides you with a brand-new driveway or parking lot free of any surface or foundation damage.

Asphalt replacement is usually required when:

  • Over 30% of the asphalt surface is damaged.
  • The foundation is unstable or irreparably damaged.
  • The asphalt is past its prime and no longer economical to repair or maintain.

Due to the significant cost involved and potential long-term maintenance issues that may arise if an asphalt surface isn’t replaced when it should be, it’s highly advisable to immediately schedule an appointment with an asphalt professional if you suspect your driveway or parking lot needs replacement.

Work with Calgary’s Asphalt Experts

Now that you have a better understanding of asphalt repairs and replacements, you should be able to better determine whether you need a repair or replacement. Of course, if you’re still unsure or would rather have a professional assess the best course of action to take, get in touch with Holloway Paving today for a free consultation for your home, business, community, or commercial property.