Asphalt obviously looks the best when it is clean and black. Over time, asphalt can fade and stain. So, many homeowners are very interested in resurfacing their asphalt. There are a few different ways to resurface any asphalt surface. This article explains two of the best ways to resurface any asphalt.
Repair the Holes and Cracks
First of all, it is important to remember that resurfacing asphalt doesn't necessarily repair the cracks in potholes. These large blemishes need to be repaired before you try to resurface it. Regardless of which method you invested, patching is just as important. If you resurface directly on top of damaged asphalt, and it will be noticeable. Most people just have professionals handle the entire project, including the patching. However, you do have the option of patching all of your holes and cracks yourself in order to save money on the project.
Sealcoat Finishes are the Quickest Repair
Sealcoat finishes are the cheapest and easiest option. A seal coat is basically a very thin coat, similar to paint that is applied directly on top of your asphalt. It helps to waterproof and seal the asphalt, but it does not make any structural repairs. That is, seal coat is not going to strengthen your actual asphalt, it is really only going to cover it and make it look nice and black. Even then, you will probably need to reapply seal coat finish once every few years if you wanted the color to remain true.
Overlay Finishes are More Permanent
If you are looking for a little more permanent solution, you should consider applying an overlay finish. An overlay finish is a thicker coat of asphalt that is applied directly on top of your existing asphalt. The overlay is heated as it is applied (just like normal asphalt is), using special machines that keep the temperature consistent as it is poured.
An overlay finish is by no means a permanent repair. Since it is relatively thin, compared to a new asphalt slab, it will wear down and need to be reapplied over time. Most overlays will only last about 5 to 10 years.
As you can see, both of these options can be great temporary solutions. A seal coat finish obviously won't last as long as an overlay, but is also much cheaper, and can even be a DIY project that you can save a lot of money on if you do it yourself. To learn more, contact a paving company like New England Paving.