The average asphalt driveway has a lifespan of around 25 years, but many residential and commercial property owners don’t know how to recognise the signs that it needs replacing. This week, we take a look at 5 sure fire indications that your asphalt driveway or parking lot is deteriorating and will soon need to be replaced.
It takes a long time for water to drain
If you’ve noticed water pooling or running in streams off your asphalt when it rains, then this is a strong indication that the surface is failing. Asphalt is a porous material and when installed properly, it should be able to filter the water down into the ground surface with little pooling or runoff. Drainage issues can quickly escalate and cause extensive damage to your property, so if you’re noticing a problem, call an asphalting professional immediately.
A classic sign of aging asphalt, potholes are caused by a combination of natural geological movement and wear and tear from traffic. As the ground beneath the asphalt expands and contracts over time, it weakens and cracks the asphalt, which is then broken up by the traffic. The appearance of one pothole may just indicate a weak spot in the paving, but if you find yourself dealing with multiple potholes at a time, it suggests the surface is no longer capable of supporting vehicle traffic and needs to be resurfaced.
The appearance of long, deep cracks
Cracks in your asphalt are inevitable are the surface gets used and ages, however, if you find yourself noticing longer, deeper cracks than usual, it suggests the damage is no longer cosmetic and a replacement is needed.
If your driveway is beginning to look uneven in places, with visible areas of sinking or rising, this is a sign that the surface beneath your paving is unstable and has caused critical structural damage. Now fixing this sort of problem can be very expensive if you just start digging up the whole place, but you just have to find the right place to start from and work only in that section to befoe moving to the next.
A scrappy appearance
The appearance of your driveway can tell you a lot about it’s state of wear. Fresh asphalt is a dense black, with a light sheen. As it ages, asphalt tends to turn more of a grey colour and become mottled by stains and weather damage. If your asphalt has an aged, weathered appearance, that’s a good indication that the top layer has deteriorated significantly and it is time for resurfacing.
Custom Asphalt are one of the leading asphalt companies in Melbourne and offer a wide range of services which include asphalt repair, resurfacing and replacement. To learn more about our capabilities, get in touch by calling 0418 137 943.