If you are looking for a sustainable and affordable paving option then asphalt is certainly one that you should consider. It’s true to say that like the others on the market, asphalt is not going to last indefinitely. It’s not possible to have a paving option that does, but asphalt does have a long life if you care for it properly and spend the right amount of time maintaining it. Even though this is the case, it can still get to the point where it starts to look worn down.
Some of the things that you will notice are fading on certain spots, have cracks in certain areas or dips where water collects. Luckily for you, there are options to restore your asphalt to ensure that it looks good as new. You are going to need someone with experience in the industry to help you do this such as Global Asphalt Solutions as they will be able to tell you whether you need a complete replacement, sealcoating or resurfacing. In this article, we’re going to be looking in particular at sealcoating and resurfacing.
Sealcoating vs. Resurfacing
Both of these options will help get your asphalt back to looking new. Even though this is true, they have different purposes making one a more appropriate choice than the other in certain situations.
Sealcoating gives your asphalt an instant enhancement and should be part of your regular maintenance to keep it in the best possible condition. Sealcoating works by placing a thin layer of tar-like liquid onto the existing asphalt. It gets spread over the surface and covers up the faded parts which will make it look like it’s brand new. Also if there are any other small blemishes like oil spots then these will be gone from view as well. Ideally, you should do this every three to five years if you want to see the best results.
Resurfacing is your other option, and this should be used when there are minor repairs that need to be completed. This could be anything from small cracks to low spots, as these can be filled in. Once all the parts have been filled, a new layer of asphalt known as the overlay will be added to the top. You will find that most pavements need resurfacing every 15 years or so due to the damage that will be done over time.
If you live in Traverse City, MI then rain is likely going to be your biggest issue. While the heat can get quite brutal, it’s rare for this to happen. You are going to need to use Global Asphalt Solutions to keep your asphalt in the best shape possible.
Pros And Cons
One of the benefits of sealcoating is the fact that it protects your asphalt from things that are out of your control. This is going to include things like the sun’s UV rays, debris and water. However, a disadvantage of sealcoating is that it can’t repair any damage to the existing asphalt.
An advantage of resurfacing is that the results last a long time. It’s not easy to break asphalt so once it has been resurfaced you have a good few years before you start running into problems again. However, it is vulnerable to the elements when they come down hard.
A problem with both of these methods is that they cannot fix all the problems you might be having with your asphalt. In some cases, the damage is too severe and is going to need to be completely replaced. This is likely to be the case if there has been a large issue in the area that has caused damage to multiple paving areas. Or, it could be that there has been an issue with the base or irrigation which has led to a replacement being needed.
Why Choose Global Asphalt Solutions?
You need a professional to give you the best advice on what you should be doing. You should be looking at someone who has years of experience in the industry and that’s exactly what we have. Having someone who knows what they are looking for look at your asphalt means that you can be sure you are going to get the right service, rather than just guessing and hoping for the best. Offering all of the services that we have mentioned above, we encourage you to get in contact with us if you have any questions. You can call us on 231-715-7899 or get in touch with us via email. We look forward to hearing from you.