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Options – Sealcoating, Asphalt Resurfacing Or Repaving

Options - Sealcoating, Asphalt Resurfacing Or Repaving, Driveway Sealcoating, Sealcoating, asphalt paving Frequently, asphalt contractors receive calls from worried property owners. Their asphalt pavement is faded, potholes have seemingly appeared in a matter of days or neglected cracks have continued to expand dramatically. They wonder which procedure will do the most good at the lowest cost. Can they simply have damaged areas repaired and then have sealcoating applied, or do they need to have the pavement resurfaced? Will repaving be necessary? The answers to these questions depend on the state of the pavement, so it is impossible to give a universal answer. However, there are some general rules that can be applied to help you determine whether you need to sealcoat, resurface or repave.

Options – Sealcoating, Asphalt Resurfacing Or Repaving

When You Need to Sealcoat

Sealcoating is an integral part of the routine maintenance of asphalt pavement. In fact, it is the most important procedure you can have performed if you want your pavement to reach its full life expectancy. Sealcoating can restore the dark color that your asphalt pavement had when it was new, and it can give the surface a cleaner, smoother appearance. However, sealants are not substitutes for crack filling, and any damaged areas need to be repaired before the sealant is applied. The first application of sealcoating should occur as soon as the new asphalt has had time to fully set but no later than 12 months after installation. To ensure adequate protection, fresh sealcoating should be typically be applied every 24 to 36 months although high-traffic areas may need to be touched up more frequently.

When You Need to Resurface

A resurface job is sometimes referred to as an overlay. It is the addition of a new layer of asphalt over the top of your existing pavement. You basically get a new expanse of pavement that can last virtually as long as a newly constructed one if it receives adequate maintenance. Like sealcoating, resurfacing requires that potholes or cracks be repaired first, so if you have major damage to more than about one-third of your pavement, repaving may be a more suitable option. In addition, it may not be economically feasible to resurface a pavement that has suffered extensive damage to its foundation.

When You Need to Repave

Repaving is a much more drastic procedure than resurfacing. Existing pavement must be removed and the foundation rebuilt. The contractor then builds the pavement by installing several courses of asphalt, rolling each course to ensure proper compaction and a smooth surface. If more than about 35 percent of the surface is cracked, there are numerous potholes or a large portion of the foundation needs to be repaired, repaving is usually more cost-effective than repairing and resurfacing.

When You Need Help to Decide

Driveway Sealing Call Frank is a certified asphalt contractor serving customers in New Haven and Fairfield counties since 1998. We offer commercial and driveway sealcoating, asphalt paving, infrared asphalt paving, parking lot striping, crack repair and many other services to both residential and commercial property owners. We have built our reputation on quality results, competitive rates and exceptional customer service. If you wish to receive a free estimate, you can complete the online form, or you can call (203) 378-0080 or (800) DRIVEWAY.

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My home in Orange has a very long, uphill and curving driveway that had many alligator cracks and other problems over 18 years of use. Frank’s asphalt heating and curing process did an excellent job to refinish the driveway and get it looking nearly like new.

It was not all roses, however, since some of the work was done in the late Fall and the seal coating over certain areas could not be done over the Winter. In the early Spring, the driveway looked very patchy. However, Frank and his team came back in two days and not only completed the promised work but went beyond our agreement to assure my satisfaction. I met Frank 3 times in this process and I can say without reservation that he is an honest man who stands behind his work.

Mark Nordstrom, Orange, CT

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