The Importance of an Attractive Driveway
An asphalt driveway can make a home’s appearance look elegant and welcoming. When it is buckling, cracked, and has potholes, it can make the overall appearance look bad too. Choosing sealing and asphalt resurfacing in Austin, TX can fix those things and give your home a makeover!
What is the difference between resurfacing vs sealcoating?
Asphalt is an inexpensive and durable material, ideal for driveways made from cement or concrete. It can create an extremely attractive presence and it can also look like a warzone where there are cracks and potholes. Fortunately, there are ways to fix these issues at a few different levels, with asphalt resurfacing and sealcoating.
- Asphalt resurfacing, sometimes referred to as overlaying, is when your asphalt driveway is completely ripped up two to three inches deep and new asphalt is installed. In essence, you’re getting a new driveway where the old drive was located. This is a cost effective measure that can only be done where the original driveway was installed correctly.
- Sealcoating is a liquid mixture that the contractor spreads over the entire driveway, which hardens into a thin layer. You’re left with this amazing dark and rich black driveway that now has durable protection.
When it comes to asphalt sealing vs resurfacing, is one better than the other, or are they even the same thing? Sealcoating your asphalt driveway offers a layer of protection from rain, UV rays, auto fluids, and more. Resurfacing is like getting a new driveway. If you have a new asphalt driveway installed, you don’t need to get it seal coated, but why wouldn’t you?
How much does driveway resurfacing cost?
Asphalt resurfacing a 600 square foot driveway will typically cost between $1,800 and $4,200. The cost factor isn’t just for the square footage of the driveway, but for repairs that are needed before the asphalt resurfacing is done. Regardless, this is much less expensive than having a completely new driveway installed and will look just as good.
For a driveway that is between 5 and 15 years old without any potholes, the asphalt resurfacing process is the right step to take, though keep in mind it requires physical labor and specialized equipment. You want to make sure you check any contractor’s insurance and licensing, asking for recent references and pictures of the work done.
Can you put new asphalt over old asphalt?
If your current driveway is old and worn out or maybe you’re getting your home ready to sell and want to freshen up the appearance, a driveway is a great way to accomplish these things. So, are you able to have new asphalt put on top of the existing old asphalt? Yes, and it will be an easier option that will still give your home a refreshed appearance and add years to the lifespan of the driveway, up to 15 years!
How do you resurface old asphalt?
For homes where the weather exhibits a lot of freezing and thawing or an abundance of snow, asphalt driveways are popular, and because of that weather, asphalt resurfacing is common. The aggregate mixture of bitumen, gravel, sand, and stone is used in the construction industry as well as for paving parking lots, roads, walkways, as well as driveways.
It is best left to experienced contractors that have the equipment and know-how to resurface asphalt, but if you want to try this on your own, the following steps will lead you through an asphalt resurfacing:
- Cleaning the Driveway
All the algae, debris, dirt, and weeds need to be 100% removed before the asphalt resurfacing can be done. Using a garden hoe, hose and shovel will help you loosen any debris in cracks, then a broom to sweep it clean, followed by a leaf blower.
Next, using a cleaning solution made for driveway cleaning, spread with a push broom, and allow it to sit for a few minutes. (Follow the label’s directions). Then, with the broom, scrub any remaining dirt off the driveway and rinse clean with a pressure washer or garden hose. The driveway needs to be 100% dry before you begin the asphalt resurfacing, so allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
- Make Repairs
Now fill the cracks with fillers, smoothing with a putty knife. Then fill potholes with patching material and smooth it over with a trowel. Tamper the patches to flatten then wash away any oil spots with a degreaser and apply a primer.
Mix your asphalt resurfacing material with a 3” wide paintbrush, applying the resurfacing material along all the edges. Next, pour the asphalt resurfacing material in a line across the driveway and spread evenly with a driveway brush. Keep moving back and forth in a continuous pattern.
Preparing asphalt for resurfacing is essential for the asphalt resurfacing to hold in place and look good. This is not the place to take shortcuts.
Whether you do your own asphalt resurfacing, or have it done by a professional contract, how long does asphalt resurfacing last? If done properly, including the cleaning of the surface and then the patching and repairs, asphalt resurfacing should last a minimum of eight years and can often last as long as fifteen years. If you could use some help with asphalt resurfacing in Austin, TX, reach out to the ATX Asphalt Paving team by calling 512-646-6069.