Given that asphalt is an affordable and durable material, it’s no wonder why it’s a preferred choice for parking lots, driveways, bike paths, and walkways. By focusing on quality maintenance over the years, you can lengthen your investment’s lifespan. This is especially significant for businesses and HOAs because the exterior value and aesthetics are important factors to consider. After all, who wants to look at an area with holes, cracks everywhere, and crumbling asphalt?

Asphalt resurfacing and overlay are two potential solutions for an asphalt site that needs some involved attention. A professional contractor will assess the property to determine which is necessary. Asphalt resurfacing entails removing the existing surface of asphalt before adding a new layer, while an overlay merely adds a new layer on top of the old one. Keep reading to learn about when you would use each method and what you can expect from the process.

What is Asphalt Overlay? 

In an asphalt overlay process, only surface-level problems are addressed. This can include cracks, rifts, the beginnings of potholes, and more. As long as the subgrade slab and the integrity of the asphalt are intact, an asphalt overlay should be adequate. No milling will be necessary, making the process simpler and faster. That said, some other asphalt paving maintenance may need to be done before applying the overlay. This could involve filling holes, smoothing over cracks or cleaning up debris in a specific area.

Overlays are typically 1 to 2 inches deep. The thickness of an overlay can increase as the condition of the original asphalt deteriorates. Some overlays may be up to 3 inches thick and yet not necessitate milling if done correctly. This procedure is popular among property owners not just because it is cheap, but also because it is a faster method to finish. Just make sure you’re dealing with reputable asphalt contractors that will guarantee that your asphalt’s integrity has been maintained and that an overlay will improve its performance.

What is Asphalt Resurfacing? 

If you notice cracks, potholes, Overall, if asphalt milling and resurfacing is needed due to deterioration at a subgrade level. This often happens when there are many deep cracks or when water has pooled. If you have several overlays on your asphalt, it could cause problems with drainage or height–in this case, resurfacing may be necessary in order to create a brand-new surface without having to replace the entire area. 

The process of asphalt milling and resurfacing is one where damaged sections are removed and replaced without having to get rid of the entire surface. Through this, you can add a new layer on top once everything has been cleaned up. The inspection part is key here in order to see how deep the resurfacing needs to go so that there’s an actual difference made structurally and aesthetically. It’s slightly more complicated than other methods, but still cheaper than starting from scratch again entirely.

We specialize in residential and commercial paving projects across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At Productive Asphalt, we offer custom design layouts as well as finish details, and only use the highest quality products for your paving project. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and receive your free quote!