Your asphalt driveway isn't meant to last forever, but it should last for awhile. If you aren't taking good care of your driveway, it could end up breaking down, and you may end up with a crumbling driveway that looks more like a gravel driveway. If you aren't sure if you should replace your asphalt driveway or not, read on for helpful information to use as a guide to help you make your decision.
Your Asphalt Is Thinning
Over time, your asphalt may begin to break apart, and you could end up with thin areas of your asphalt. If your asphalt is thin and you can see the ground below, it may be time to update your asphalt and have a new asphalt driveway installed at your home. If your asphalt is thin all over, it could be because the asphalt that was put down before wasn't very thick in the first place, which may be why it looks the way it does.
Your Asphalt Is Crumbling
If your asphalt is beginning to crumble, and it isn't easily repaired with some asphalt caulk or patch fill, you may need to have your asphalt replaced altogether instead. Over time, a minor crack can turn into a much larger crack, and those cracks can crack until you have nothing but cracks that are very easily crumbling. With each time you drive or park on your driveway, you are causing even more damage to the asphalt. With each season and the changes in temperature, the crumbling can worsen, until eventually, all you have is dirt and weeds.
You Have More Dirt and Weeds Than Actual Asphalt
If your driveway is mostly dirt and weeds, it's time to have a new driveway installed. You're far beyond having your driveway sealed or having a thin layer installed over the top of your existing driveway. It's time to have the entire driveway torn out, the ground leveled out, and new asphalt laid out.
If you have an asphalt driveway and it's not exactly in the same shape it used to be in, you may want to consider having a new driveway installed. If you still aren't sure if your driveway should be repaired or replaced, call an asphalt paving contractor for help making the decision. They can take a look at your driveway and let you know if it's in good shape and can be repaired or if it should just be replaced altogether.