When you are thinking about giving your home or business a new facelift, you cannot ignore the pavements, sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas. However, any paving option that you choose is adversely affected by specific weather conditions. This is the reason why it is essential to consult your paving company before deciding on the paving material to use. You will note, however, that there are two main paving options, asphalt and concrete paving.
Concrete vs. Asphalt paving.
Concrete paving is a preferred option for many homeowners since it is durable and requires little maintenance. However, it is susceptible to cracks, and getting botched during winters, or extremely cold climates. Moreover, the salt used during ice melting has adverse effects on concrete paving as well.
Asphalt paving, on the other hand, is highly affected by the hot climate. The tar used as an adhesive tends to be weaker, causing the pavements to warp and weaken. Even though this paving option is cost-effective, it is recommended that you must re-seal your driveway after six months of installation. Further, you will have to seal-coat the pavements every 5 years to enhance its lifespan.
Regardless of the paving option that you choose, you will notice that you need to take care of the pavements and driveways in one way or another. But one of the problems is deciding between repaving or seal-coating.
Asphalt sealcoating vs. Re-paving.
When thinking about fixing issues with your asphalt pavements, you will have two options. Either to lay new asphalt or repair and maintain existing pavements. These two options will always complement each other, but there are distinctive features and benefits from each of them.
Asphalt driveway sealing.
If you are looking for a more cost-effective paving renovation project, then seal-coating is the way to go. Even though most of the paving companies will recommend sealing your driveway pavements after six months of installation, this does not mean you won’t take care of the pavements. You will have to take extensive care of the pavements to increase the lifespan of the pavements.
Most of the sealing is done to reduce water seepage in the driveway. This routine will prevent deterioration of the asphalt through oxidation, or over-drying. Through driveway paving seal-coating, you will be able to restore the curb appeal of your home, business, or industrial parking lot. Moreover, seal coating will eventually seal cracks thus restoring your pavements to the original state.
Why consider driveway sealing.
One of the primary reasons why sealcoating is preferred over re-paving is the implication on costs. The overall costs involved during cleaning out debris in the cracks, and applying new sealant is much lower than laying an all-new asphalt paving.
Also, the time it takes to seal coat is less than that you would take laying new pavements. Moreover, with a professional paving company with the right tools and equipment, driveway sealcoating and re-patching can take less than a day, depending on the extent of the damage.
The main reason why a homeowner or a paving contractor will recommend for driveway repaving is severely deteriorated driveways and parking lots. More so, areas with larger cracks highly slumped depressions on the pavements and lots of potholes.
Like in sealcoating, it is crucial to fix the adversely affected sections of the driveway, before repaving. Even though most of the reasons why you will have extensive dilapidated driveways stems from the base of the paving, you can lay new asphalt on the repaired pavement.
If you are looking for a more permanent solution, then you can dig away the deteriorated pavement, grade, and compact the base of the paving afresh. This way, you can be confident that with routine maintenance, the asphalt will last a couple of years.
Fix or install new paving?
With these two options on whether to repave or seal coat your pavements, you will have to make an informed decision before deciding on a particular solution. If you are conscious of the overall costs of the project, then sealcoating is a cost-effective solution. The latter is also a longer-lasting solution, but labor and capital extensive.
With a professional paving contractor in New Jersey, you should get quality advice on which option to go for. Do not hesitate to call us for a paving estimate and advice on the best solution.