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When is the best time for a driveway repair?

Nov 30

When is the best time for a driveway repair?


The Signs Your Asphalt Needs Repair


You might be wondering if your driveway is getting more and more worn. It is difficult to know if what you see on your driveway indicates normal wear and tear or something that should be addressed. We are specialists in driveway repairs in Chesapeake, VA, and replacement. Please let us know if you would like one of our paving experts to inspect your driveway, and give you advice on what next steps should be taken. Here are four indicators that your driveway needs to be replaced or repaired.


  • Potholes


Potholes are formed on driveways and other surfaces as water under asphalt freezes. The ground expands as water freezes and contracts when it melts. Potholes are possible due to the ground's constant expansion and contraction. This is because temperatures can fluctuate between above and below freezing. Potholes can also affect your car's suspension. While potholes can sometimes be fixed, they won't fix the problem.


  • Cracks quite large


Cracks in your driveway are more than just an eyesore. Oil, gas, and salt can get into cracks in your driveway if they crack. As a result, fissures can expand and get deeper. It's time to schedule driveway repair if you find small cracks in the driveway. The cracks can be sealed to prevent further cracking and worsening.

Drainage Problems


A driveway that isn't draining properly or has water accumulating can be another sign it's time to replace or repair. The asphalt can begin to deteriorate when water pools or sits in one spot of your driveway. This can cause cracks or potholes.


  • Fading, discoloration


Your driveway will become darker and fade over time due to the sun's powerful rays. You might also see the driveway fade from the sun's intense rays. Your driveway's age and condition may help you to prevent further damage. However, it's a good idea to replace your driveway if it is too weak.


  • Weather conditions

It's best to repair asphalt when the temperature is above 175 degrees. If it stays below that, it will make it difficult to spread or apply. However, asphalt that is below 175 degrees will not be able to form a strong bond.


Therefore, it is best to fix it during the spring or summer months.


Let's examine why these are the best times to repair asphalt driveways or parking lots.


  • The Weather is Perfect for Repairs


As previously mentioned, asphalt repairs should be saved when the asphalt is allowed to remain at 175 degrees. It will be easier for asphalt to mix and create a stronger bond, which will increase its durability. Sealcoating should be done only when the surface temperature exceeds 40 degrees. Late spring is the best time to seal the coat.


  • Materials available


Asphalt plants close during winter or operate at reduced capacity. This is because it is often not the most convenient time to use their products or services. This means it'll be harder to find materials, and even when you do manage to locate them, they will be much more expensive than if purchased during peak seasons (spring and summer).


You might need to hire specialists to fix or replace your driveway for a number of reasons. Our team of skilled specialists is expert in repairing and replacing driveways. A member of our team would be delighted to consult with you to determine the best plan of action to create a driveway that is long-lasting, safe, and secure.


Paving Grind Chesapeake

Chesapeake, VA

(910) 240 6570