If you’re in search of repaving a portion of your land, chances are that you’ve been wavering between concrete and asphalt. Both are viable options and will be able to provide you with a sturdy surface for several decades. Here are a few tips to consider when preparing for a repaving job, and the difference it carries from resealing.
Repaving vs resealing
For both concrete and asphalt, resealing is simply covering an area of either material that has cracked out before and needs repair amendments. Often very simple, this can be a do-it-yourself job if done correctly.
On the other hand, repaving is a much more intensive process and requires the complete removal of existing asphalt or concrete. This is why it is important to take care of small cracks before they cause bigger problems down the road. Repaving can be done for both residential and commercial properties, with many businesses requiring an even longer life span than homes.
However, with minimal experience, it’s recommended to get professional consultation prior to attempting. This is in order to make sure the process is conducted safely, and there aren’t any future issues.
When it comes to asphalt, resealing is done by filling in the cracks and then coating the area with a sealant. This makes it easier to clean as dirt will not stick or be able to penetrate through the sealant. Repaving asphalt involves removing the existing surface and replacing it with new material. Some contractors also offer a service that mixes the old asphalt with new material, essentially creating an entirely new layer of pavement.
Pricing and budget for repaving
Resealing asphalt is more cost-effective, while repaving it should be considered if you are replacing large areas. The cost of asphalt repaving can vary depending on the size and difficulty of your project. Generally speaking, it will range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
In addition, asphalt repaving requires a lot of preparatory work before the actual paving can begin. This includes removing and disposing of any existing surface material, grading the area, installing drainage systems, and more. Many times, it is easier to leave this job to a professional as they will have the right equipment and knowledge to complete it without any hiccups.
Drying period after repaving
During this 24-hour period, it’s recommended to avoid using the surface at all costs. Damaging or manipulating the surface prior to fully drying will cause cracks to break out much more easily. In the long term, these cracks will prove to be much bigger nuisances than having to spend a night or two parking on a side street.
No matter which option you choose, make sure that you are investing in quality materials so that your asphalt or concrete will last for years to come. Whether you’re repaving or resealing, you’ll want your surfaces to be durable, long-lasting, and safe. With the right services, you can make sure that your pavement will last for years to come.
Give us a call today, and we’ll get started on your repave job, getting your backyard or driveway ready for the summer.