Asphalt is one of the most affordable paving options, it’s very easy to work with and it’s also very durable and long-lasting. Asphalt offers flexibility and strength, making it possible for cars and trucks to drive across the surface for years, while still maintaining its structural integrity.
On top of everything else, it looks great! Even with all of these benefits, though, asphalt, like all other types of pavement, can sustain damages over time.
Exposure to high volumes of traffic, the sun, rain, rock salt etc. can all cause the surface of the pavement to become scarred, pockmarked, cracked or chipped. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ve got to dig up your road, asphalt driveway or parking lot and start all over again.
In fact, asphalt resurfacing is a much smarter, cheaper, more efficient and more environmentally responsible way of resolving surface issues with asphalt pavement. Because we’re so passionate about asphalt resurfacing, we’ve come up with five expert tips on how to get the job done right.
1. Evaluate Surface Damages
It’s usually visible when your asphalt surface needs a little bit of TLC. If you’re dealing with a driveway, parking lot or road that receives a low amount of traffic, you’re probably able to keep an eye on the state of the pavement, on a regular basis.
Here, you are able to quickly detect any new cracks or fissures that may have developed, and you can use an asphalt patch kit to quickly remedy the issue. Over time, though, these patch jobs can create a bumpy, uneven surface for drivers, and can also look pretty unsightly.
Roads that experience higher volumes of traffic can’t be regularly assessed and treated, and may develop larger cracks and potholes that create difficult driving conditions. In either case, you’ll need to carefully evaluate the level of the damages sustained by the surface of the pavement.
Major potholes will need to be handled in a different manner altogether, but low to moderate levels of damage can be handled through pavement resurfacing.
2. Evaluate Structural Integrity
It’s important to understand that asphalt resurfacing will only correct the problems that occur at the surface of your pavement. Any underlying issues will remain the same, regardless of what is done to the surface.
As a result, you need to carefully assess the overall structural integrity of your pavement before making the decision to move forward with a resurfacing project.
If there are any problems with the strength and integrity of the road, you’ll need to completely redo that portion of the pavement in order to create safe driving conditions. It’s only when the subbase is deemed structurally sound that pavement resurfacing can be considered a viable option.
3. Consider the Source
We suggest doing a little bit of investigative work to learn more about where your pavement resurfacing materials came from, and what they are comprised of, before purchasing. This is important for two reasons.
First, you want to ensure that the materials you’re using to resurface your road, driveway or parking lot are of the highest quality so that you can rest assured that they will last for a long time, and extend the life of your pavement.
Secondly, you’ll find that the best type of resurfacing material will be comprised of a mixture of both hot mix asphalt and recycled materials. Making use of recycled materials is beneficial to you because it saves you money, and it benefits the environment at the same time.
4. Choose the Best Manufacturer
Always take the time to find a reputable, local manufacturer for your pavement preservation and resurfacing solutions. Going with a manufacturer that offers an extremely cheap price can come back to haunt you if the overlay is of substandard quality.
The goal is to resurface your pavement in a way that will provide the greatest return on investment. Always ask for customer reviews and make sure that your supplier manufactures their own products for quality assurance.
Asphalt Resurfacing in NJ
Braen Stone is your asphalt resurfacing expert in NJ. After more than a century in business, we’ve established ourselves as experts on asphalt production and recycling.
We produce the highest quality asphalt from our family owned and operated plants, and always offer the most competitive prices on our virgin and recycled asphalt, including high-performance thin overlays.
Our team is more than happy to speak with you in order to address any of your questions or concerns, and we’ll always work with your schedule to coordinate delivery. Talk to one of our friendly professionals to learn more about having asphalt delivered to your job site throughout parts of NJ, NY, NYC or PA.