Contact Us For Asphalt Patching In Weatherford, TX
Can You Patch Asphalt?
Age, use, and normal wear and tear will deteriorate your asphalt over time. Luckily, there are ways to patch your asphalt, either professionally or by doing it yourself.
Whether or not it’s worth patching your asphalt, however, requires some thought. Asphalt usually lasts between 20-30 years, so if your pavement if approaching the end of its life and has several major issues, you’re probably better off replacing it. If it’s just a few small cracks or potholes that you need to fix, however, then there’s no reason to replace your asphalt before its time!
Asphalt Patching and Crack Repair
Depending on the size and severity of the cracks in your asphalt, we will use one of two materials to fill the holes. Patching asphalt isn’t like concrete where you can just pour more asphalt into the cracks. If the holes or cracks in your pavement are less than ½ wide, then we will use a crack filler. Any wider than though, though and we will have to use a cold patch.
The first thing we will need to do once we have determined the method is to prepare the asphalt. If grass or any weeds is growing from the cracks, we will need to pull those out. We will clean out the hole, either with a broom or a hose to remove dust and dirt.
Next, we will fill the hole with the crack filler or with the cold patch. The last step is leaving it to cure and then applying a sealer.
Is It Better to Patch or Repair Your Asphalt Parking Lot?
A few small holes and cracks are nothing to worry about and easily fixed, but if you’re starting to notice more and more and they’re increasing in size, then it’s time to consider replacing your asphalt. Plus, the lifespan or asphalt is 20-30 years, so if your pavement is starting to near the end of its life anyway, it’s worth it to replace the whole thing.
If you live in a harsher climate with lots of rain or snow or intense sunlight, then these elements will wear down your asphalt and you’ll have to replace closer to the 20-year mark rather than the 30-year mark. Water seeping into your asphalt weakens it, as do the UV rays from the sun. If you’re in a slightly milder climate, or if your asphalt is protected by trees or overhangs, then you’ll probably be able to get away with the later end of the spectrum.
Ultimately, whether it’s better to patch or repair your asphalt depends on a few variables. Just a few cracks less than ½ in wide are easy to patch. But if the cracks are bigger than that and there are many of them, then you’ll want to consider replacing.
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