Do you know the differences between pavement sealcoating, resurfacing, and repaving? If not, this blog post is for you. It’s not uncommon for customers to rely on our expertise for what their asphalt paved surface needs. A quick inspection of your parking lot or driveway can inform us of the best solution. To help you understand what you’re paying for, we recommend reading our blog post so you can feel confident when speaking to an experienced Clarkston asphalt paving contractor. With the right maintenance, your asphalt pavement can last up to 20 years!

When Is Sealcoating Appropriate?

A seal coat is a protective layer applied to the surface of your parking lot or driveway to prevent damage from UV rays, rain, snow, and automobile fluids. Sealcoating is most appropriate as a preventative measure so your asphalt pavement can retain its rich black color and smooth surface. If you have cracks in your asphalt surface, these will need to be repaired before sealcoating. Sealcoating is not a solution for filling asphalt cracks.

When Should I Consider Resurfacing?

Resurfacing is only an option when the foundation of your asphalt pavement is strong and undamaged. If an inspection of your asphalt parking lot or driveway reveals the foundation is still in good shape and only the top layer is damaged, an asphalt company may recommend resurfacing. However, the cracks and potholes on the surface must be confined to less than 30% of the pavement’s total area.

Resurfacing can extend the life of your asphalt pavement so you won’t have to prematurely replace your parking lot or driveway. During resurfacing, the contractor will remove the topmost layer of pavement before replacing it with new asphalt. Since resurfacing is less expensive than total replacement, it’s not uncommon for customers to ask if their pavement is a good candidate for this service.

When Is Repaving Necessary?

Repaving refers to the complete removal of old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt. During this process, the foundation and upper layers of asphalt are all replaced. There are many reasons why an asphalt contractor may recommend repaving, such as alligator cracking or a deteriorating foundation. Sections of sunken pavement are also another sign that your asphalt surface is failing.

A customer may also decide it’s time for repaving if constant repairs have been draining their budget. Sometimes you’re better off paying for repaving than to keep making repairs to a deteriorating asphalt parking lot or driveway.

Since the process for asphalt paving is so involved, it also has the highest initial cost. However, you have to consider the long-term effects of a crumbling asphalt surface. Are you willing to keep paying for pothole repairs? Are you tired of seeing yet another crack in the pavement? Are customers able to park in all the spots in your lot? These questions will help you determine if you are ready for an asphalt repaving project.

If you are interested in our asphalt sealcoating, resurfacing, or repaving services, please feel free to call our asphalt paving contractors. Allied Construction is proud to serve customers in Clarkston, Brighton/Howell, Milford, Lapeer, and all of Southeastern Michigan.