When it comes to damaged or old asphalt driveways, the first option often considered is an asphalt resurfacing. Although resurfacing can fix many badly damaged asphalt driveways, it is not a sure bet. Many driveways have hidden and extensive damage that exists within the driveway’s base foundation. Digging and applying an asphalt patch can fix relatively small areas that have failed or are deteriorating, but is not practical for larger or multiple problems.
Consider also the asphalt’s age. The older is it the more likely it is going to need a replacement. Residential driveways are exposed to and under massive stress and forces every day, from vehicular traffic to changes in the weather conditions, and overtime these stresses take their toll. Repairing or resurfacing an asphalt driveway that is more than 20 or so years old will provide, at best, a temporary fix. It is likely that new problems will develop soon after the repairs are completed, leaving you in a seemingly endless cycle of damage and repairs.
Although the upfront cost is higher than that of patching or resurfacing, it is a long-term investment with an excellent return on investment (ROI). With a quality install, proper yearly maintenance, and early detection and repair of any issues that develop, your new driveway could be virtually trouble-free for another 20 or more years.