3 Signs Your Asphalt Driveway Is in Need of Repairs or Replacement

They say that once you own a home your renovations and projects will never truly end.

As soon as you finish one project something else pops up creating a never-ending cycle of maintenance, repairs, and remodels. It’s how you keep the interior and exterior of your home looking fresh, cared for, modern, and safe.

With that said one project that may not exactly be on your radar and isn’t exactly seen as exciting or glamourous is your asphalt driveway.

When you first have the asphalt driveway poured it looks spectacular. It’s smooth and it’s fresh-looking, and it really adds to the general curb appeal of your home.

But thanks to weather conditions out of your hand, age, and other outside factors it can reach the point of needing repairs or an all-out replacement. To help you figure out if the time has come to give your driveway some attention here are the top three signs to watch for.

You Notice Pooling and Standing Water

When the driveway is first poured drainage is a huge consideration. A slope is created in the design in order to allow for water run-off.

Over time pits, holes, dips, and ruts can occur which will result in water pooling or standing after it rains. This water has nowhere to drain to and just sits there until it eventually dries up.

So why is this a red flag? Well as that water sits there on the asphalt it will start to find its way under the first layer, which can then lead to cracks. This is even more obvious during colder temperatures and then the thaw that follows.

Eventually, those cracks will get bigger and bigger.

cracked asphalt getting sealed

There are Missing Pieces of Asphalt

Another red flag is missing pieces of the asphalt itself. This usually starts as what is called “alligator cracks” which are smaller cracks that can span a small area or the full driveway.

As these cracks grow larger and deeper, suddenly the asphalt can break away. Depending on how much has broken off you may be left with a pothole in the driveway.

This issue is not reversible and while you may be able to patch up a few areas, over time the issue will only get worse so it’s likely that a full replacement is the best solution.

Loose Gravel on Top of the Driveway

Have you started to notice what appears to be loose gravel sitting on top of the driveway as of late? That is called “raveling” and this happens when the aggregate and binder separate from one another and create a pitted look to the driveway.

As Erickson Asphalt points out, this is also why it’s so important to pick premium quality asphalt and workmanship from the beginning.

The good news is that if you catch this issue early on, you can usually get by with repairs rather than a replacement.

Don’t Forget to Give Your Driveway Attention

So while it may not sound like an exciting project, keeping your driveway in good condition not only helps with curb appeal but ensures you have a safe and level surface to drive and park on.