Are you noticing signs of wear and tear on your asphalt driveway? If so, it may be time for some repairs. Asphalt can last a long time, but eventually, all asphalt surfaces will require some maintenance to keep them looking their best and functioning properly.
Here are five common signs that your asphalt driveway needs repairs.
Your Driveway is starting to Crack and Break
Cracks in your driveway are one of the most obvious signs that you need asphalt repairs. While cracks can be caused by environmental factors such as temperature changes or tree roots, they can also occur due to age and wear and tear. It’s important to have these cracks filled before they become too large, as this could cause more expensive issues down the road.
The Asphalt is starting to Buckle and Rise
If you’ve noticed small buckles appearing on your asphalt driveway or pavement, it could indicate something deeper than it appears. This can be caused by moisture entering the ground below the asphalt, or from when the driveway was first installed and not properly treated as its base layer.
It pays to take a closer look at these areas, especially if you suspect these issues have been developing for some time. Otherwise you risk large cracks forming in part of a larger destabilization process that could become an expensive repair project for your home in the long run.
There Are Large Potholes in the Driveway
Potholes are another common issue with asphalt driveways, especially if they haven’t been repaired or maintained in a while. Potholes form when water begins to settle beneath the asphalt surface over time which then causes it to crack and break apart completely leaving large holes in its wake.
If left untreated for too long, potholes can grow larger in size making them even harder (and costlier!) To repair later on down the line.
The Asphalt is Discolored or Stained
Discoloration or staining on an asphalt surface could mean one of many things; anything from an oil leak near your car to animal urine marking up its territory can result in discoloring and staining on your driveway’s surface.
Either way, it’s important to get those areas repaired quickly before they worsen over time leading to bigger problems with your driveway overall.
You See Oil or Gas Stains on the Surface
Oil or gas stains on your asphalt show that there may have been a leak from a car, and it has seeped into your pavement over time causing deterioration.
Couple that with constant heavy vehicle and foot traffic, weather conditions ‒ for example heat/cold or rain ‒ and inadequate installation can lead to cracking, potholes, and sunken areas in your pavement.
Addressing issues as soon as they arise is vital to saving cost, effort, time in the long run by taking preventative action in repairing damages promptly before even more extensive damage ensues.
Therefore if oil or gas stains are present on your surface it is important to mobilize a crew for inspection and repairs sooner than later.