Driveway Repair: Resurface or Repair Your Driveway?

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Driveway repair can either be a big job, or a simple and quick fix. It is important that you know what you need in order to tell the pros!

Driveway repair can cost up to $25,000 depending on the type of material and what type of repair you’re doing.

Before you jump into an expensive repair, you need to know whether you need to completely resurface your driveway or if you can get away with a less expensive solution.

Keep reading to learn more about what type of driveway repair you can expect to need from your paving experts.

Simple Driveway Repairs

Let’s start by looking at two simple driveway repairs that can resolve smaller issues with your driveway. These are typically the least expensive driveway repair option and can cover the most common problems people run into with their driveway.

Crack Sealing

Even the smoothest-looking concrete has microscopic cracks in it. Over time, water gets into those cracks and expands them until there are visible cracks. The sooner you seal these, the better chance you have at the problem worsening.

Crack sealing involves using a sealant material to fill in the crack. The material bonds with the sides of the crack and prevents more moisture from penetrating it and making it worse.

Chip Sealing

Another common problem with driveways is chipping. This is when small pieces of your driveway come loose and a hole is formed. It starts off small, but expands with more time, moisture, and use. Chip sealing is the solution.

To avoid a chip from creating a huge problem in your driveway, you’ll want to have it repaired as soon as possible. We use a hot asphalt mixture that quickly bonds to the concrete and completely seals the hole.

When to Resurface Your Driveway

Sometimes, a simple repair just won’t be enough to resolve the problem you’re facing in your driveway. In these cases, you may want to have your driveway resurfaced, such as asphalt resurfacing. This procedure removes the top layer of your driveway and replaces it.

Many people prefer to resurface a driveway instead of replacing it because it’s more cost-effective and typically takes less time. However, the resulting appearance is that of a newly-laid driveway.

There are two ways to tell it’s probably time to resurface your driveway.

Too Many Cracks and Chips

If your driveway is starting to look more like a patchwork quilt than a sheet, it’s probably time to resurface it.

Often, there will be a point in which it will help you save money in the long run if you opt to have the whole driveway resurfaced instead of continuing to deal with each new crack and chip as it arrives.

Selling Your Home

When trying to sell your home, curb appeal matters. And, if you have a patchy, cracked, or chipped driveway, that can easily take away from the first impression potential buyers have of your home.

For that reason, we recommend resurfacing your driveway if you want to maximize your curb appeal to sell your home faster.

Need Help Choosing the Right Driveway Repair Option?

Now you know more about some of the driveway repair options you have. As you can see, there are plenty of options before having to completely resurface your driveway.

If you want to get advice on which of these options is right for you, contact us today at 806-407-7297. We’d be more than happy to help you make the right decision for you, your budget, and your driveway.

Daley’s Superior Asphalt Manufacturing, Inc. is your asphalt paving company in West Texas with over 30 years experience in the asphalt and paving industry.

We provide trusted residential and commercial paving services including asphalt paving in Midland, Lubbock, Odessa, and nearby West Texas locations, as well as the Eastern New Mexico region.

How Does the Asphalt Driveway Installation Process Work?

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Are you trying to learn more about the asphalt driveway installation process? Check out this post for more info or give us a call for your next project!

Asphalt paving has stood the test of time since it’s inception in 1824. Since then it has paved more than 2 million miles of US roads. Asphalt paving has always been the most eco-friendly paving option, relying on 80% recycled materials.

Asphalt driveway installation is the right fit for any modern USA business and helps create a neat, professional appearance. Here’s what to expect when you decide to get onboard.

Important Pointers for Asphalt Driveway Installation 

If you want to experience the full benefits of asphalt paving, it’s vital to employ a reputable, qualified, and experienced contractor to do the work for you.

Laying asphalt by hand is not a weekend DIY job and can lead to serious problems. When it’s installed incorrectly, asphalt will crack and lift over time, so it pays to leave it to the pros.

Here’s the drill:

1. Removing the Existing Surface

The first step in any paving installation is removing the existing surface with heavy machinery and getting rid of debris.

At this stage any old concrete and asphalt go to the recycling plant. 

2. Preparing the Surface for Drainage

Correct drainage is vital to prevent cracks, heaving, and potholes in your asphalt.

Your contractor uses the latest laser technology to determine the optimum gradient for runoff and then grades the surface appropriately.

3. Sub-Base Preparation

The most important part of any driveway or road paving is making sure the asphalt rests on a stable surface. 

The process involves spreading and compacting a layer of aggregate material, usually recycled concrete or asphalt,  over the designated area. 

4. Proof-Rolling

Next, a heavy truck drives over the surface to compact it further. This reveals any weak spots and allows the contractor to fill them in as needed. 

5. Adding the Binder

Once they’ve repaired any deficiencies, the contractor places a binder layer, made of aggregate mixed with oil, over the top.

This seals the aggregate, creating a durable surface for the asphalt to rest on.  

6. Laying the Asphalt

Finally, they’ll add the top layer of surface asphalt, consisting of sand, oil and small aggregate. These components create the attractive jet-black appearance of freshly laid asphalt. 

As a last step, a roller truck compacts the asphalt to smooth the surface. 

7. Smoothing Transition Areas

Most parking lots or driveways join to another surface, like a road or other areas of old asphalt, at some point. These transition areas require special attention to ensure that any butt joints do not interfere with water runoff. 

Your contractor should take care to ensure that these joins are discrete, creating a smooth flow that does not detract from the professional appearance of your paving. 

As a final touch, the roller truck comes in one last time to compact the transitions into a seamless finish. 

Get a Fresh Look for Your Business

It probably comes as no surprise that installing asphalt is a complex and time-consuming process. It’s one that pays off in the long run though. 

Get in touch with Daley’s Superior Asphalt Manufacturing, Inc., your paving company in West Texas, for help and advice for your next asphalt driveway installation project.

Our paving specialists with over 30 years experience provide leading paving services in West Texas. This includes, Lubbock, Odessa, Midland paving, and nearby West Texas areas and Eastern New Me

Give us a call at 806-407-7297 or contact us by form for any questions you may have, more information, and a free quote.

When is the Best Time for Laying Asphalt and Paving a Driveway?

laying asphalt pavementCertain times are better than others when it comes to laying asphalt and paving driveways or parking lots. Find out more about the right time to pave below.

When alligator cracks or potholes plague your asphalt driveway in the middle of winter what do you do? Either you brave the potholes and risk your alignment, or you avoid parking in the driveway altogether. Neither is a practical or convenient solution.

While winter isn’t the ideal time for laying asphalt, it’s also not the worst time of year for your paving project.

Paving happens all year long, but the weather does matter. Take a minute and read about the best time to redo a driveway.

Asphalt Likes It Warm

Even here in Texas where winters are usually mild, it does get cold enough to delay paving projects, but it isn’t only air temperature that matters. Ground temperature matters too.

Generally, the magic number is 50.

Most asphalt applications need both ambient (air) and ground temperatures of a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, the temperatures should rise above 50 degrees during the installation and compaction processes.

Why does temperature matter?

Keep in mind the texture of asphalt during installation. It’s wet and slightly lumpy. The paving crew uses a range of tools, including rollers to smooth and compact the asphalt. If the asphalt pavement cools too quickly, you’ll end up with a rough surface that retains water.

While air and ground temperature matters, so do the temperature of the asphalt mix.

How Hot Is Hot Asphalt?

Judging by its name—Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)—you’ve figured out you’re dealing with heat, right? What you might not know is asphalt plants mix this product at 275-350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not only is this asphalt product mixed at a hot temperature, but it must also stay hot during the paving and compaction process. If air and ground temperatures don’t rise during installation, you’re at risk of rapid cooling.

Perhaps you’ve also heard of cold mix asphalt and you’re wondering why we can’t use it to pave your driveway.

While cold mix asphalt does work well for repairing small cracks and potholes it’s not as strong as HMA. It’s mainly used as a temporary patch until temperatures warm up enough to use the hot mix product.

The Ideal Time for Laying Asphalt

While we can’t lay asphalt in the rain, we can still pave a driveway during the winter months if the ground isn’t frozen.

That said, unless you have an emergency situation where you can’t use your driveway due to large potholes, you may want to wait until spring or fall. This ensures warmer air and ground temperatures.

The reason paving crews can’t install asphalt during or immediately after a rainstorm is because of the way temperature affects how HMA flows. If the mix can’t flow, it also won’t compact the right way. Without proper compaction, your driveway won’t last as long.

Need to Schedule a Paving Project?

Now that you know more about how air and ground temperature affects the way asphalt paving products work, you can start planning the best time for your paving project.

If your driveway, parking lot or other surface needs help, call our paving company at 806-407-7297 or contact us by form for advice and a free quote.

At Daley’s Superior Asphalt Manufacting, Inc., we’ve been providing the best asphalt paving services in West Texas for over 30 years, including in Lubbock, Odessa, and Midland, TX paving.

We can discuss if now is the best time for specific asphalt services or if we need to use another method for repair.