Fixing asphalt paving can be a very labor intensive task that can be extremely complicated if specific steps are not followed and if the preparation phase is not completed properly.
Cracking is often a sign of sub-base failure, poor drainage, or repeated over-loadings. It is important to prevent cracking, and repair as soon as possible, as advanced cases can be very costly to repair and can lead to formation of potholes or premature pavement failure. If your asphalt is suffering from cracking, your professional may need to figure out the cause and implement fixes so that this doesn't continue to happen. While this might cost you more money up front, it will surely save you money in the long run as you won't have to keep having repairs made.
Once your asphalt is repaired, your professional may talk to you about asphalt sealing. This may be something to consider if you haven't had this done before. Sealing your asphalt will help keep it looking great and it will prevent it from drying out and decaying. It will also help prevent cracks and pits that occur as time passes and use and the elements take their toll.
Be prepared that your asphalt may need to be replaced. Asphalt replacement is necessary when the existing asphalt is badly deteriorated or the underlying gravel base shows signs of failing. Removing and replacing asphalt is also necessary if the proper drainage of the driveway cannot be achieved because the area is too flat. If your base is still sound, you can possibly install a new layer of asphalt over the old to resurface the existing area and repair your existing asphalt. This, of course, is the most cost effective option.
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