Can Asphalt Driveway Be Resurfaced A Road Construction Manager Guide

As a civil engineer specializing in pavement materials, I’m often asked whether an aging asphalt driveway can be resurfaced instead of completely replaced. Over my 20-year career constructing roads and runways for the Army Corps of Engineers, I’ve become well-versed in asphalt resurfacing techniques that can restore a worn, cracked driveway to like-new condition again. Let’s explore the ins and outs of asphalt driveway resurfacing.

As an asphalt pavement engineer with over 20 years of expertise, proper assessment of existing driveway conditions is critical prior to any resurfacing project. Here are some steps you need to consider while resurfacing the asphalt driveway.

Visual Inspection

Carefully visually inspecting the driveway surface and structure provides initial clues to its current state:

  • Look for any major cracks wider than 1⁄4 inch. Measure crack widths with a ruler or crack gauge.
  • Identify potholes, patching areas, or fully collapsed areas indicating base failures.
  • Check for signs of raveling where aggregate is coming loose at the surface.
  • Note any surface distortions like depressions, bumps, or poor drainage slopes.
  • Watch for signs of excess moisture below the surface such as soft areas or vegetation.
  • Identify any previous repairs that are now failing such as patches or sealed cracks.
Visual Inspection of Asphalt Cracks
Visual Inspection of Asphalt Cracks

Any major defects will need repair prior to resurfacing. The underlying causes must also be addressed or problems may reflect back through the new surface.

Core Samples

Taking 3-4 inch diameter core samples in key areas provides visual evidence of the pavement structure:

  • Measure layer thicknesses and compare them to construction specs.
  • Identify any delamination or moisture damage between layers.
  • Assess the condition of the underlying base and subgrade.
  • Estimate how much life remains in each layer.

This helps determine any needs for repairs, drainage improvements, or full reconstruction.

Soundness Testing

Using a hammer or chain drag to tap the surface and listen for distressed areas:

  • Solid, ringing sounds indicate a structurally sound surface.
  • Hollow, dull sounds reveal hidden delamination, stripped areas, or base voids.

Mark any suspicious areas for further evaluation. Hollow-sounding regions will need repair prior to overlay.

Flood Testing

Flooding areas of the driveway with water identifies any birdbaths or depressions:

  • Low spots that retain water promote ongoing moisture damage of pavement.
  • Any areas holding ponded water for more than 15-20 minutes after drainage require remediation.
  • Fill depressions and improve cross-slopes to at least 1-2% slope for proper drainage.

Deflection Testing

Deflection testing uses either a Benkelman beam or falling weight deflectometer (FWD) to measure surface flex under a known load:

  • Higher deflections indicate weak or deteriorated layers with reduced structural capacity.
  • Stiff, unyielding surfaces suggest adequate strength remains for resurfacing.
  • Compare measured deflections to AASHTO design standards to assess adequacy.
  • This quantifies any loss of structural integrity necessitating reconstruction versus a simple resurfacing.

Friction Testing

A British Pendulum Tester or dynamic friction tester verifies surface friction:

  • Worn, polished surfaces may indicate a need for more extensive resurfacing rather than just a seal coat.
  • Friction values below code minimums require restoration for safety.

Asphalt Hardness

Penetration or softening point tests on asphalt samples determine binder condition:

  • Hard, brittle, oxidized asphalt is prone to raveling and cracking failures.
  • Soft, excessively temperature-susceptible binder can experience rutting issues.

Ideally, the binder grade remains within specification to perform well.

Thickness Design

Based on condition, analyze layer thicknesses and loading needs to determine if the current structural design remains adequate:

  • Use AASHTO, AI, or mechanistic-empirical approaches to evaluate.
  • Structural overlays may be required in addition to surface renewal.
  • The goal is a state-of-good-repair section fully capable of carrying today’s traffic loads.

Summary of Key Assessment Tests

Table 1. Driveway Evaluation Methods

Test Information Provided
Visual Inspection Surface defects, moisture signs, previous repairs
Core Samples Layer thickness and condition
Sounding Hidden internal defects
Flood Testing Depression and drainage issues
Deflection Testing Structural strength and stiffness
Friction Testing Skid resistance of the surface
Binder Testing Oxidation and brittleness
Structural Design Adequate thickness for traffic

Importnat Questions that are answerd:

What are three visual indicators that a driveway needs repairs before resurfacing?

Major cracking, potholes, raveling, and erosion indicate repairs are needed.

How can flood testing identify any pre-existing moisture problems?

Flood testing reveals any depressions that hold water rather than draining properly off the surface.

What does a dull, hollow sound during tapping indicate?

A hollow sound means delamination, voids or other deterioration exists underneath the surface.

How does coring help assess the existing driveway structure?

Coring provides visual evidence of layer thicknesses, moisture damage, and overall condition.

Conducting various condition assessments provides quantitative and visual evidence of the driveway’s current state. This informs the proper repair, strengthening and resurfacing approach needed to restore it to excellent performing condition. A sound evaluation methodology is crucial to successful asphalt resurfacing outcomes.

 

Understanding Resurfacing Options

With over 20 years of expertise in asphalt materials and paving, I’m familiar with the full range of resurfacing options available to renew the surface of aged asphalt driveways. Here’s an overview of various techniques, with guidance on appropriate usage:

Asphalt Overlays

Asphalt overlays involve placing and compacting one or more layers of new hot mix asphalt over the existing driveway surface. Overlays provide structural rehabilitation in addition to a new wearing course.

Typical overlay thicknesses range from 1 to 4 inches depending on condition. The overlaying asphalt must be thick enough to correct defects and rutting. A paving machine is used to spread and partially compact the mat. The key steps include:

  • Surface Preparation – Clean and fill cracks, apply tack coat to ensure bonding to old surface.
  • Trucking and Paving – Haul and place hot mix asphalt at the appropriate lift thickness using a paver.
  • Compaction – Use rollers in static and vibratory mode to achieve 92-96% max density and proper smoothness.
  • Joints – Carefully construct and compact transverse and longitudinal joints between paving passes.

Benefits

  • Structurally strengthens driveway and corrects defects in existing pavement.
  • Resists deformation from vehicle loading better than surface treatments.
  • Provides new wearing surface and improves driveway ride quality.
  • Can be customized with a specific mix for climate and traffic needs.
  • Typically lasts 10-20 years with proper maintenance.

Limitations

  • More expensive due to paving equipment mobilization costs.
  • Requires a thicker section to correct significant distress issues.
  • Homeowner access was disrupted during the paving and curing period.

I recommend overlays for driveways with moderate alligator cracking, depressions, or weathering where structural renewal is desired.

Asphalt Seal Coating

Seal coating involves applying a protective layer of asphalt emulsion with embedded aggregates to the aged asphalt surface. Materials can be spray-applied or squeegeed. Seal coats offer restoration without affecting the structure. Key steps comprise:

  • Surface Preparation – Crack filling, patching, cleaning, and sweeping to fix defects.
  • Applying Emulsion – Spray or squeegee a uniform layer of asphalt emulsion onto the surface.
  • Aggregate Embedment – Broadcast desired size and type of chips onto emulsion to provide wear course.
  • Rolling/Brooming – Embed chips for adhesion and remove any excess loose particles.

Benefits

  • Seals minor cracks and surface defects to prevent water intrusion.
  • Provides a new wearing course and improves skid resistance.
  • Restores black appearance and protects against UV damage.
  • Cost-effective preservation for sound pavements.
  • Typically lasts 2-5 years.

Limitations

  • Does not address significant structural issues like major cracking.
  • Multiple reapplications are needed over time.
  • Loose chips can stain vehicles or be picked up by tires shortly after application.

Seal coating is ideal for broadly sound, intact pavements where a renewal of the wearing surface is the primary need.

How Long Does Asphalt Take to Dry in Resurfacing Driveway?

Once your driveway has been resurfaced, you’ll need to wait 24-48 hours for the asphalt to dry. During this time, it’s important to avoid driving on your driveway, as this can damage the new asphalt.

Your driveway will be touch-dry within a few hours, but it will take several months to fully cure. This curing process can be affected by factors such as the weather and the thickness of the resurfacing. Hot, sunny weather will help the asphalt to cure more quickly, while cool and damp conditions can slow it down.

Once the asphalt is fully cured, you can apply a seal coat to help protect it and extend its lifespan.

Here are some additional tips for caring for your newly resurfaced driveway:

  • Avoid driving on your driveway for the first 24-48 hours.
  • If you must drive on your driveway, do so slowly and carefully.
  • Avoid parking heavy vehicles on your driveway.
  • Sweep or blow away any leaves or debris from your driveway regularly.
  • Apply a seal coat to your driveway every few years to help protect it and extend its lifespan.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your newly resurfaced driveway lasts for many years to come.

Asphalt Fog Sealing

Fog sealing applies a thin spray coating of diluted asphalt emulsion without any aggregate chips:

  • Diluted Emulsion – Asphalt emulsion is diluted with water at up to a 1:1 ratio for optimal flow.
  • Spray Application – Using a distributor truck, the diluted emulsion is spray applied at a rate of 0.05 to 0.15 gal/yd2.
  • Curing – The water in the emulsion evaporates over 12-24 leaving the residual light asphalt coating.

Benefits

  • Seals fine cracks against moisture intrusion and oxidation.
  • Provides a renewing film over moderately aged/oxidized asphalt.
  • The thin application does not impact structure or appearance significantly.
  • Very cost-effective preservation treatment.
  • Typically lasts 1-3 years.

Limitations

  • Provides minimal texture or friction improvement.
  • Multiple reapplications are needed to maintain effects.
  • The driveway remains damp initially until the emulsion fully cures.

Fog sealing is best for sealing an intact, structurally sound driveway surface with minimal aging and no major cracks or defects.

Asphalt Rejuvenation

Rejuvenators penetrate into the aged asphalt binder to restore properties softened by oxidation over time:

  • Rejuvenating Oil – Soybean, tall, or petroleum-based oils are spray applied. They diffuse into the oxidized binder.
  • Reaction – The oils reconstitute and soften the brittle, hardened maltenes in the aged binder.
  • Rebalanced Properties – The rejuvenated binder displays improved viscosity and flexibility.

Benefits

  • Restores aged asphalt properties, avoiding cracking, raveling, and erosion.
  • comparatively inexpensive preservation approach.
  • No change to surface texture or friction.
  • Can restore properties for 5+ years in a sound pavement.

Limitations

  • Does not address structural issues like cracking or rutting.
  • Multiple applications are typically needed over the driveway life.
  • May temporarily soften asphalt and cause minor tracking.

Rejuvenation works best on oxidation-aged but structurally sound pavements before brittle cracking begins. Timely use can substantially extend driveway life.

Comparison of Asphalt Resurfacing Options

Table 1. Comparison of Resurfacing Alternatives

Method Cost Durability Usage
Asphalt Overlay High 10-20 years Corrects defects, adds structure
Asphalt Sealcoat Low 2-5 years Wearing course renewal, aesthetics
Fog Seal Very Low 1-3 years Minimal aging, fine cracks
Rejuvenation Low 5+ years Binder restoration, avoid cracking

Which resurfacing method involves adding aggregate chips to a sprayed emulsion layer?

Seal coating involves spreading aggregate chips onto applied asphalt emulsion.

What approach can restore aged asphalt binder properties without affecting texture?

Asphalt rejuvenation penetrates the binder to restore properties without affecting surface texture.

When would you recommend an asphalt overlay for a driveway?

For driveways with structural defects, moderate cracking, rutting, or depressions requiring thickness to correct.

What are the main benefits of seal coating an asphalt driveway?

Applying a seal coat renews the wearing surface, protects the asphalt, fills fine cracks, and restores the black color.

I hope this overview provides helpful guidance into the capabilities and usage of different asphalt driveway resurfacing techniques. Selecting the appropriate method based on current pavement conditions ensures optimal, cost-effective renewal. My 20+ years of experience can help narrow the best options for your unique driveway needs.

Choosing the Right Resurfacing Method For Asphalt Resurfacing

Choosing the right asphalt driveway resurfacing method depends on current pavement condition, budget, and expected longevity. Here is a guide on selecting the optimal resurfacing approach as an experienced paving contractor:

 

The optimal resurfacing method involves matching the degree of deterioration and defects present with the correct repair solution. Surface issues can be addressed with low-cost surface treatments, while structural problems require extensive overlays to correct. Consider the following factors:

Pavement Condition Assessment

Begin by thoroughly assessing the current driveway condition, including:

  • Type, severity, and extent of cracking and other defects
  • Indications of structural inadequacy or moisture issues
  • The remaining service life of the binder and aggregate
  • The presence of significant distortions or depressions

This provides objective data to inform repair needs versus preventive maintenance.

Usage Levels

Account for the amount of vehicular traffic and loading on the driveway:

  • Higher-use driveways require greater structural integrity and durability.
  • Multi-family or high-volume parking situations demand heavier designs.
  • Match repairs to adequately support usage demands.

Climate Conditions

The climate zone impacts material selections:

  • In freeze-thaw zones, ensure adequate surface thickness to resist cracking.
  • Where high temperatures prevail, choose binders resistant to rutting.
  • In wet climates, focus on adequate slope and drainage provisions.

Homeowner Expectations

Understand the homeowner’s budget constraints along with performance goals and longevity desires. Balance cost, lifetime, and quality.

Resurfacing is the art of extending the life of your asphalt while enhancing its appearance, making your property look its best.
Resurfacing is the art of extending the life of your asphalt while enhancing its appearance, making your property look its best.

Matching Repairs to Distresses

Armed with condition data and expectations, match appropriate fixes to issues identified:

Surface Defects Only

For mostly intact driveways with some raveling, oxidation, and minimal cracking, surface treatments suffice:

  • Seal Coating – Renew wearing course, fill minor cracks, restore color
  • Fog Sealing – Rejuvenate mild aging, seal very fine cracks
  • Rejuvenator – Penetrate and restore aged, oxidized binder
With resurfacing, your asphalt can get a second chance at life, and you can save on the costs and time associated with full replacement.
With resurfacing, your asphalt can get a second chance at life, and you can save on the costs and time associated with full replacement.

Moderate Structural Deterioration

If cracking, depressions, or rutting indicate base/subgrade issues, structural overlays or patching deficiencies are warranted:

  • Overlay – Add thickness to reinforce structure, and correct moderate flaws
  • Full-Depth Patching – Excavate and replace failed areas only

Severe Structural Issues

Where extensive alligator cracking, deformation, or potholes signify complete failure, full reconstruction may be the only lasting solution:

  • Complete Reconstruction – Remove old layers and rebuild from subgrade up.

Matching Resurfacing to Condition Summary

Table 1. Resurfacing Method to Existing Condition

Existing Condition Recommended Resurfacing
Mild aging, raveling, fine cracks Seal coat, fog seal, rejuvenator
Moderate cracking, depressions Overlay, full-depth patching
Severe cracking, distortions Full reconstruction

Prioritizing Resurfacing Investments

I recommend homeowners prioritize resurfacing budgets based on conditions:

  1. Repair structural issues first. No surface coating will correct underlying problems.
  2. Address localized failed areas next. Isolated repairs make overlays perform better.
  3. Renew wearing course last. This maximizes initial investment in repairs.
A Fresh Resurfaced Asphalt Road
A Fresh Resurfaced Asphalt Road

Following this sequence stretches available resurfacing dollars furthest. Preventing full deterioration also reduces eventual costs. Timely, proper maintenance is key.

Important Notes

What resurfacing solutions address surface defects only without improving structure?

Surface treatments like seal coats, fog seals, and rejuvenators address surface issues only.

When would you recommend a full-depth asphalt patch?

For repairing severely distressed local failures like potholes before placing an overlay.

Name the best resurfacing choice for a driveway with extensive cracking and depressions.

An asphalt overlay is the best solution for significant structural issues like extensive cracking and depressions.

Should seal coating or structural repairs be prioritized first?

Structural repairs should be prioritized before surface seal coating for best performance.

Performing appropriate repairs specific to the type and degree of deterioration maximizes the value of the resurfacing investment. Matching fixes to existing conditions prevent spending too little or too much.

Hiring a Professional Resurfacing Contractor For Asphalt Resurfacing

As an asphalt professional, I always recommend hiring an experienced, specialized resurfacing contractor rather than attempting driveway projects as a DIY homeowner. Here is an overview of finding and selecting the right paving contractor for your asphalt resurfacing needs:

Why Hire a Professional?

Driveway resurfacing requires specific tools, materials knowledge, and technical skills to execute properly. As a licensed contractor for 20+ years, I have learned that experience matters in asphalt work. Homeowners should consider hiring professionals because:

  • Proper Equipment – Contractors have access to specialized equipment like tanker trucks, pavers, rollers, and spray units needed to perform resurfacing steps. Renting these is difficult and expensive for homeowners.
  • Technical Expertise – Contractors understand how to properly evaluate conditions, make repair recommendations, and follow technical specifications. Most DIYers lack this specialized knowledge.
  • Material Experience – Contractors are familiar with optimal asphalt mixes, emulsion types, and aggregates for local conditions and climate. Backyard DIY resurfacing often uses inferior products or methods.
  • Efficiency – Experienced crews work far faster with better productivity and efficiency than a homeowner can achieve. This professional skill lowers project time and hassle.
  • Warranty – Reputable companies offer 2-5-year warranties on workmanship. DIY projects provide no recourse if failures or defects occur.

Bottom line – contractors have the skills, equipment, materials, speed, and quality assurances not readily available to the average homeowner. Hiring a paving professional is strongly advised.

Researching Local Contractors

Finding reputable local contractors involves thorough research:

  • Referrals – Ask neighbors for companies they’ve used and their satisfaction. Check with family and friends for recommendations too.
  • Industry Groups – Contractors who belong to industry groups like NAPA exhibit higher standards and qualifications. Look for membership.
  • Web Reviews – Search for contractors on Google Maps and read reviews. Cross-check these against other sites like Yelp and BBB. Watch for consistent feedback.
  • Check Licensing – Verify state and local licensing through contractor licensing boards to ensure legitimacy and bonding. Avoid unlicensed companies.
  • Inspect Past Work – Visit previous projects and inspect quality if possible. Photos of work may help but seeing it in person is ideal.

Cast a wide research net using these methods to create a list of quality local contractors for further vetting.

Interviewing Paving Contractors

Once you’ve identified several potential contractors, thoroughly interview each before selecting one company:

  • Explain Your Project – Walk contractors through your project scope, objectives, budget, and concerns. Get their professional advice on improvements or preparation.
  • Years of Experience – Ask how long they’ve been in business and how many driveway resurfacing projects they complete annually. Longevity and focus equal proficiency.
  • Project Approach – Have contractors detail their specific process and timeline if selected. Compare this to industry standards.
  • Materials Used – Inquire about where their asphalt and aggregates come from. Ask if they use polymer-modified or high-performance mixes by preference.
  • Warranty – Confirm what warranty they provide on materials and workmanship. A 2-5 year warranty is typical. Get warranty terms in writing.
  • References – Request 5-6 client references and inspect their projects. Call these references to inquire about their satisfaction with the contractor.

Careful interviews reveal red flags like lack of experience, unwillingness to provide references, or unusually low bids. Look for demonstrated expertise.

Checking Qualifications

Validating credentials ensures you hire established, reputable companies:

  • Insurance Coverage – Contractors must carry adequate general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Review policies.
  • Bonding – Legitimate contractors carry bonding which provides financial recourse if the company fails to complete work as contracted.
  • Licensing – Verify current state and local licenses are active and in good standing. Unlicensed contractors often have other issues.
  • Industry Membership – Prefer contractors belonging to established industry groups like NAPA or APAI which indicate higher standards.
  • Reputation – Check for complaints, penalties, rip-off reports, and similar red flags using licensing boards and online searches.

Insist contractors supply proof of insurance certificates, license details, bonding paperwork, and references before committing. This demonstrates they are a valid, compliant business.

Comparing Bids

Once satisfied with 2-3 contractors, compare their project bids:

  • Itemize and Detail – Break down the bid into material quantities needed and tasks included. Beware thin bids lacking line items.
  • Compare Scope – Some contractors may exclude key steps that others include like patching or surface preparation. Make sure quotes cover the same work.
  • Material Types/Thickness – Verify bids specify industry standard materials. Contractors offering cheaper mixes or thin sections likely cut corners.
  • Written Estimate – Insist bids are written outlining the exact work included. Get guarantees on paper. Avoid vague verbal estimates.
  • Reasonable Price – Be wary of quotes well below others which signal underbidding to win work that is recouped through cutbacks later.

Select a contractor offering quality materials, proper scope and approach at a fair market price, not necessarily the cheapest. Beware of cost-cutting bids.

Key Questions

What are 3 advantages a paving contractor provides over a homeowner doing DIY resurfacing?

Contractors provide specialized equipment, technical expertise, and efficiency advantages.

What qualifications should you verify contractors have before hiring them?

Verify insurance, licensing, bonding, no complaints or penalties on record.

Why is it important to compare the scope of work between different contractor bids?

To ensure all bids cover the same work scope, materials, and steps.

What types of asphalt materials should contractors propose for resurfacing projects?

Contractors should propose industry-standard, high-performance asphalt mixes – not cheap materials.

Please take time to research and vet potential contractors thoroughly. Hiring experienced, proven, and properly insured asphalt paving professionals ensures a quality resurfacing project that meets your expectations and provides recourse. Avoid cut-rate contractors with questionable qualifications.

Maintaining the New Surface

Proper care and maintenance are essential to achieve the maximum longevity from an asphalt driveway resurfacing investment. Here are the best practices I recommend after 20+ years in paving:

Resealing Schedule

Applying periodic seal-coat treatments protects the renewed asphalt surface:

  • Seal coating interval depends on usage, climate, and mix. Light-duty driveways may go 4 years between applications. High-use driveways in extreme UV exposure may need sealing every 1-2 years.
  • Visually inspect annually for signs of oxidation, raveling, cracking, or wear indicating the need for reseal.
  • Sweeping and clearing debris from the driveway enhances sealant adhesion and performance.
  • Stringent surface prep like crack filling ensures seal coat efficacy.
  • Use commercial-grade, polymer-modified sealers. Avoid cheap, watery, diluted products.

Table 1. Typical Seal Coating Frequency

Driveway Use Climate Reseal Frequency
Light Duty Moderate 3-4 years
Moderate Duty Hot/Humid 2-3 years
Heavy Duty Cold/Wet 1-2 years

 

Routine Inspection

Inspect the driveway twice annually, in spring and fall, for any developing issues requiring maintenance:

  • Look for new cracks or deterioration like potholes, raveling, depressions.
  • Identify any drainage concerns such as birdbaths, slope issues, or shoulder erosion.
  • Check for signs of subsurface moisture like soft areas or vegetation growth in cracks.
  • Mark any concerns for repair to prevent further deterioration.

Routine inspections identify small problems early before they escalate into major issues. An ounce of timely prevention avoids pound of repairs later.

Addressing Specific Issues

Several key maintenance tasks preserve driveway integrity and function:

  • Crack Repair – Seal new cracks immediately to prevent moisture infiltration and deterioration. Larger cracks may require routing and filling for a lasting repair.
  • Potholes – Fill any new potholes or depressed areas with a compacted asphalt patch promptly to prevent enlargement from traffic and moisture.
  • Birdbaths – Improve drainage and fill any depressions holding water with additional properly sloped asphalt.
  • Erosion – Stabilize any eroded shoulder areas before further undermining occurs. Backfill and compact new aggregate as needed.
  • Snow Removal – Prevent plow blades or blowers from damaging the asphalt surface. Set blades slightly above the surface.
  • Rejuvenation – Penetrating rejuvenators can extend asphalt binder life and forestall cracking as the surface ages.
  • Performing preventive maintenance as needed based on inspection averts expensive repairs later. Protect that resurfacing investment.

Important Questions

How often should you reapply a seal coat to a high-traffic driveway in cold climates?

Heavy use driveways in cold climates should be sealed every 1-2 years.

What are three specific areas to inspect for preventative maintenance needs?

Inspect for cracks, drainage/birdbaths, and shoulder erosion during routine inspections.

Should new cracks be sealed immediately or delayed?

New cracks should be sealed immediately to prevent deterioration from percolating underneath.

What seasonal maintenance helps prevent snow removal damage?

Adjusting snowplow blades above the pavement surface prevents scraping damage.

Proper ongoing maintenance preserves quality and maximizes return on asphalt driveway resurfacing investments. My 20 years of experience can help optimize value and longevity.

Conclusion

By carefully evaluating current driveway conditions, selecting the right resurfacing method, properly preparing the existing surface, and maintaining the refreshed asphalt, homeowners can successfully extend the life of their driveway at a fraction of the full replacement cost. While compromises in structural integrity may call for a full reconstruction, many otherwise sound asphalt driveways are excellent candidates for professional resurfacing by an experienced paving contractor. With proper care and maintenance, a resurfaced asphalt driveway can provide many additional years of reliable, low-maintenance service.

FAQs

Q: How long does a resurfaced asphalt driveway typically last?

A properly resurfaced driveway can last an additional 5-15 years depending on the method used, current conditions, and ongoing maintenance. Regular seal coating helps prolong the results.

Q: Does resurfacing work on concrete driveways too?

Concrete driveways require distinctly different resurfacing techniques using materials like concrete overlays. Asphalt resurfacing should only be done on existing asphalt driveways.

Q: Is it better to resurface or replace my severely damaged driveway?

If cracking, crumbling and potholes are widespread, resurfacing may be only a short-term fix. Full-depth reconstruction may be better for completely deteriorated driveways.

Q: Should I have my driveway resurfaced in hot or cold weather?

Ideally, schedule resurfacing during moderate temperatures between 50-80°F to ensure proper asphalt compaction and curing. Avoid extreme heat or cold.

Q: How soon can I drive on a newly resurfaced driveway?

Curing times vary based on temperature and mix type, but you should be able to drive on the driveway within 24-48 hours. Avoid sudden braking or sharp turns for several additional days.

About the Author

Steve Axton is a licensed civil engineer and construction professional with over 20+ years of experience in asphalt materials, specifications, and roadway construction. He specializes in cost estimation, efficient paving techniques, and high-performance mix designs. Steve runs CalculatorAsphalt.com to share insights on asphalt pricing, calculation tools, and best practices with property owners and industry peers

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I'm Steve Axton, a dedicated Asphalt Construction Manager with over 25 years of experience paving the future of infrastructure. My journey with asphalt began by studying civil engineering and learning about core pavement materials like aggregate, binder and additives that compose this durable and versatile substance. I gained hands-on experience with production processes including refining, mixing and transporting during my internships, which opened my eyes to real-world uses on roads, driveways and parking lots. Over the past decades, I have deepened my expertise in asphalt properties like viscosity, permeability and testing procedures like Marshall stability and abrasion. My time with respected construction companies has honed my skills in paving techniques like milling, compaction and curing as well as maintenance activities like crack filling, resurfacing and recycling methods. I'm grateful for the knowledge I've gained about standards from Superpave to sustainability best practices that balance longevity, cost and environmental friendliness. It's been an incredibly rewarding career working with this complex material to build the infrastructure future.

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