Asphalt driveways can develop cracks, pits, stains, and loose gravel over time, which may lead homeowners to believe the only option is to replace the old drive with new paving. The good news is there is an alternative—the asphalt overlay. An overlay uses the old driveway as a base for a new layer of asphalt, so there is no need to tear out the old driveway and install a new one.
1. Improve the Appearance
An ugly driveway detracts from your home's curb appeal and value. Cracks and pits, loose gravel, and an uneven surface looks bad and highlights everything that is wrong with the paving. If the damage is primarily cosmetic and the base is still in good condition, an overlay of fresh asphalt rejuvenates the driveway with a new surface that has no visible damage.
2. Make Maintenance Easier
Worn-down surfaces that have cracks and pits are hard to maintain. The old asphalt will be more likely to develop stains as the weakening surface is more absorbent. Cracks will catch debris and it will become difficult to prevent the cracks from worsening over time. A new overlay creates a smooth, properly sealed surface that cleans up like a dream and needs only minimal maintenance.
3. Avoid Unnecessary Waste
Repairing your old driveway with an overlay is an environmentally friendly option as it avoids waste. When a driveway is replaced, the old asphalt and base materials are often discarded although some of it is recyclable. An overlay makes use of your existing paving, which prevents waste of old materials, and it uses less fresh asphalt, thus preventing the waste of new materials.
4. Save Some Money
No one wants to throw away their hard-earned money unnecessarily. When replacing a driveway you must pay for the demolition of the old one, disposal of the old materials, and reconstruction of the new drive. With an overlay, there is less labor and fewer materials involved, as well as few disposal costs, so you can end up saving quite a bit of money.
5. Avoid Long Disruptions
Replacing a driveway is a time-consuming process that can take a week or more to complete. During this time you won't be able to use the driveway, and you may even be unable to access your garage if you must gain entry via the drive. An overlay is completed in a few hours and it's ready to drive on within a day or two.
Contact a residential paving company like New England Paving if an overlay could help rejuvenate your old asphalt driveway.