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asphalt repairAre your asphalt paved surface’s cracks and potholes becoming a hazard? If this is the case, it may be time to contact a local Minneapolis asphalt repair firm. Asphalt paved surfaces can endure up to 20 years with proper upkeep and repairs.

Even if you engage in asphalt pavement upkeep, it will need to be replaced at some point. Here are some of the things you will see over time.

  1. Alligator Cracks

Alligator cracks are a type of asphalt cracking pattern that resembles alligator scales. If you detect this particular pattern in your asphalt surface, it’s most likely because your paved surface’s foundation is eroding. Asphalt pavement replacement may be required if the foundation of your driveway or parking lot has been compromised.

A skilled asphalt contractor can assess the pavement and determine whether it is best to repair or replace it. Whether the alligator cracks are confined to a single location or represent a widespread issue, you should get professional help as soon as possible.

  1. Holes in the road

You might be able to get away with asphalt repair and maintenance services if the pothole is tiny. However, if the pothole is ignored, it can quickly become a larger expense.

It may be time to consider asphalt surface replacement if your parking lot or driveway is filled with potholes. If you notice a lot of potholes, it’s a sign that the asphalt foundation is failing.

You should think about responsibility if you operate a commercial asphalt parking lot. Large potholes, if left unattended, can damage automobiles and potentially result in bodily injury.

To avoid the legal ramifications of a neglected parking lot or driveway, we recommend contacting an asphalt restoration firm to see what they can do to restore your paved surface’s appearance and functionality.

  1. Water Drainage Issues

If you observe pools of water on the surface of your asphalt driveway or parking lot, it’s time to think about asphalt replacement. When water is unable to drain correctly, it can pool in low spots in your parking lot or driveway, causing additional damage to the asphalt surface.

Deep cracks in the foundation can also cause drainage issues by allowing water to penetrate beneath the surface and harm the structure. During freeze-thaw cycles, water trapped beneath the surface of your asphalt paving causes additional harm.

  1. Pavement that has faded

Did you realize that over time, the sun can harm your parking lot or driveway? Asphalt sealcoating, thankfully, can protect your asphalt pavement from UV rays.

If the color of your asphalt pavement changes from black to gray, you should get it inspected by an asphalt contractor for structural issues. While faded pavement may appear to be more of a cosmetic issue, it can also indicate a weakening asphalt surface.

  1. Stains Motor oil and other substances can leave stains on asphalt driveways and parking lots. These compounds, in addition to their ugly look, can undermine the asphalt’s protective covering, leaving your pavement exposed to fading and disintegration.

To avoid long-term structural concerns with your asphalt, staining should be removed as soon as possible. Our subcontractors can assist you. Give us a call if you see discoloration on your asphalt surface, and we’ll tell you what your alternatives are.

Is it better to repair, resurface, or replace?

If the damage is modest, you may be able to get away with patching or resurfacing your asphalt rather than replacing it entirely. If the damage is only on the surface, it can usually be mended or restored with a full resurfacing.

However, if the damage has spread to the asphalt’s foundation, the entire surface will need to be replaced. Once the asphalt’s structural integrity has been weakened, you’ll continue to have issues that may become dangerous unless the asphalt is replaced.

Are you prepared to replace your asphalt?

One or more of these symptoms may indicate that your paved surface needs to be replaced. Please contact our Minneapolis asphalt paving contractors if you have any questions about whether or not repaving is essential. Ideal Sealcoating is an asphalt resurfacing firm that takes pride in making any paved surface look and function better.