When you have an asphalt driveway or parking lot you are going to want to keep it in good shape. Asphalt is resilient, but it does take upkeep to help prevent issues like cracks and potholes. Cracks and potholes can be repaired, but after years of regular wear and tear, as well as constant exposure to the elements, there will eventually be a time when you would do best by having the asphalt replaced completely. Here are some signs that will let you know that it is time for you to have your asphalt replaced:
The asphalt has crocodile cracking
Crocodile cracking is when your asphalt has cracking throughout sections, or even throughout its entirety, that looks similar to that of a crocodile and that's why it's called this. When the asphalt has come to this point, it shows that you likely have an issue with the foundation. In many cases, when things get to this point it's often best to have the asphalt replaced.
The asphalt surface has areas of standing water
With asphalt in good condition, there shouldn't be much standing water. This is due to proper drainage that prevents this from happening. If there are large cracks or potholes in the asphalt, then this can lead to the water being trapped and that water can then cause problems with the foundation. If you are finding a good amount of standing water, have a contractor take a look at the asphalt. It may be a fixable situation, or you may want to have the asphalt replaced if the situation is severe.
The asphalt is very faded
Asphalt has a black and shiny appearance when new or resurfaced. When the asphalt is faded, it will be more susceptible to damages because it will be in a weaker state. While resurfacing it will help keep it strong and good looking, it doesn't help in cases where there are foundation issues or more serious problems.
If you continue to see cracks or potholes showing up in the asphalt, or even issues like the edges or other areas crumbling, then you can greatly benefit from just starting fresh. Once you have a brand new driveway or parking lot, then you can enjoy knowing that you are going to have a great space for many years to come that will only take the minimum care and maintenance to keep in great shape.
Contact a company that does asphalt paving for more details.