When property owners have asphalt driveway installation done, they usually wonder how long their driveway is going to last. The truth is that there isn’t any one answer for how long an asphalt driveway will last: It really depends on a variety of factors. A well-maintained asphalt driveway can last for decades while a poorly maintained or neglected driveway could need to be repaved in less than 10 years.
There is a lot variation in the lifespan of asphalt driveways. The most important factor in extending the life of a driveway is proper installation, regular maintenance, and repairs when necessary. If all of these conditions are met, an asphalt driveways lifespan can be anywhere from 10 to 30 years. When asphalt driveways are properly installed and maintained, they should easily last for a long time with minimal upkeep required. If they are not maintained, then it is possible for them to be damaged beyond repair within a few years. The lifespan of a driveway is dependent on how it is used and maintained.
Often when property owners deal with asphalt driveway contractors, they will try to score the lowest price possible. However, a cheaply installed driveway may end up costing way more over time and not last nearly as long. It is more cost-effective to ensure upfront that your driveway is being properly installed, is guaranteed against structural deficits within the first two years, and is being installed by a professional pavement company. Skimping on your driveway will end up costing you big in the long run.
If you want your driveway to last, the most important thing is regular maintenance. Asphalt driveways should be maintained on a regular schedule. Sealcoating is one of the most affordable and effective ways to extend the life of your driveway. With sealcoating, a protective sealant is placed over your driveway, protecting it from water, UV rays, and wear and tear, which all cause damage. Sealcoating prevents water from seeping into cracks and degrading the ground beneath your driveway. By using sealcoating every two to three years, you can easily extend the lifespan of any asphalt driveway.
When a pothole or other indicator of major damage occurs, it is usually the result of neglect or improper maintenance. Usually, potholes take time to develop. Once they occur, you know that damage has been building up. However, it’s important to do proper asphalt driveway repair to stop a small amount of damage from becoming a bigger, more costly affair. When potholes, uneven surfaces, or sunken areas occur on asphalt driveways, it is crucial to have them repaired as quickly as possible. This will prevent further damage which would require having to repave your driveway all over again.
As the leading pavement maintenance contractor in the GTA, Sure-Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc. specializes in catch-basin repairs, rebuilding, and repaving. We offer an industry-leading seven-year structural warranty. Contact us today for more information on how we can perform catch basin repair for your driveway or parking lot.