Asphalt driveway repair consists of examining the driveway to make sure that the source of the problem is identified and then taking the right measurements to calculate which part is going to be fixed and which not. Usually the repairing means on filling the cracks, patching the asphalt driveway, leveling the parts where the driveway might have bumps and making sure to seal coat the asphalt driveway so it doesn’t break again in a long time.
Driveway patching is the process of filling in the cracks that might have shown up on the surface of your driveway. Over years of using your driveway, from the heavyweight of your car passing on it, along with the erosion, your driveway starts to develop small cracks that might end up into bigger ones and can actually get your driveway out of functionality. Patching it is the best solution, based on the age of your driveway. If you have been using it for five to ten years or a couple of more years than that, then patching your driveway is the best solution.
Resurfacing the asphalt driveway is the process of bringing each side of it to a common level. This is done by removing the bumps that your driveway might have developed with the passing of time. Usually asphalt driveway develops bumps and holes, sometimes due to heat exposure. If there’s a really hot day outside, the asphalt on your driveway might be more vulnerable to melting and if you drive on it, it will develop dumps. That’s when you need to resurface it to make sure that every side of the driveway is the same.
The driveway in my old parent’s house has been there for over twenty years and it has not been once replaced or repaired during all this time. All sorts of heavy machines pass on it every day and it has come to a point that the driveway is literally out of function, though people keep using it. If you have been using the same driveway for more than twenty years it is time to really consider replacing it with a new driveway. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to keep using the same old driveway if the cracks on it are huge and its surface is completely out of balance.
Twenty-some years ago I remember my father ordering a company to come and redesign our driveway in our old house. The old one was made out of concrete and rocks and it looked more like a forest road than a driveway. So the company redesigned it and made it with asphalt. They also changed a couple of details since we had changed our house entrance, so the new driveway had to be designed in another form and another direction. You can do the same with your driveway if you are planning to do changes in your property.