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7 Signs Your Asphalt Needs Repair

A pothole in need of asphalt driveway repair

The past few months have been pretty rough on local drivers, with the wintry freeze/thaw cycle leaving some serious potholes in area roads.

But sometimes damage to asphalt isn’t as obvious as a crater-sized divot in the highway. That doesn’t mean it isn’t as serious. Here are a few signs asphalt driveway repair or parking lot upgrades may be in your future.

1. Drainage trouble

If you’re seeing puddles lingering in your driveway or parking lot, it’s time to talk to a contractor. When moisture lingers on your asphalt, it can seep between the surface and affect binding agents. Dealing with this issue reduces your risk of potholes, cracks and other damage.

2. Alligator cracks

These cracks get their name from their appearance, which resembles an alligator’s skin. They are shallow, but often require a full depth reclamation to remedy.

Not every crack requires immediate repair. But if you see a crack that’s wider than a quarter inch, it’s time to call in a professional.

3. Warping

Warped or buckled asphalt can occur due to heavy vehicle use, or because of an insufficient base. If this damage is minimal, you may just need a touch up, although more extensive warping will require a complete asphalt replacement. Your asphalt driveway repair expert will be able to tell for sure.

4. Sinking

When contractors pour asphalt, they put it on top of a compacted or crushed stone base. When this base erodes, your driveway or parking lot can begin to sink, especially in areas near buildings.

This can be a sign that your downspouts are depositing water too close to the surface. You may need to have your gutters repaired, as well as your asphalt.

5. Stains and fading

Fluids from cars and other chemicals can eat away at the binding agents in your asphalt. If you see a chemical stain or a fluid spill, talk to your asphalt driveway repair contractor.

Have you noticed the surface of your driveway or parking lot beginning to fade? UV rays can turn the deep black of your pavement to a muted grey overtime.

Regular sealcoating can help this damage, but at a certain point you may need to consider resurfacing the pavement.

6. Crumbling edges

When parking lots aren’t protected around their edges with concrete gutters or curbs, those edges can begin to crumble and break apart. This asphalt will typically need to be removed and replaced.

7. Potholes

This is one of the biggest headaches your parking lot might face, presenting both an eyesore and a safety concern. When water seeps into cracks in your asphalt during the winter, it freezes, expands and makes the cracks wider. As this cycle continues, it causes potholes to open.

If you’ve spotted any of these issues on your driveway or parking lot, Beckage Sealcoating can help.

We’ve spent close to 25 years helping people in New Jersey protect their driveways and parking lots.

We offer a range of options to help your asphalt surfaces recover in the wake of harsh winters, along with, an expert sealcoating process that can protect your driveways and parking lots from future storms.

Contact us today to set up an appointment and get started on protecting your surfaces from the worst winter has to offer.

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