When it comes to minor surface damage, the best repair option may be asphalt overlay. Overlays can be an ideal tool to upgrade your existing pavement’s structure. Let’s take a look at five frequently asked questions about asphalt overlay.
Essentially, an asphalt overlay is a patch job. It’s a paving method that applies a new layer of asphalt over the existing surface. Instead of completely tearing up an old asphalt surface, an asphalt overlay uses the existing layers as a base for the new asphalt pavement.
An overlay is usually done when you begin to see cracks or potholes form on your asphalt, but there’s not enough damage to need a full replacement. Any cracks on your asphalt will eventually show through the overlay, so it’s not a permanent fix for any underlying issues.
While asphalt overlay doesn’t last as long as brand new asphalt, it can add up to 15 years to the life of your pavement if it’s installed properly.
The main difference between asphalt overlay and sealcoating is that an asphalt overlay is a fresh layer of asphalt patched over damaged pavement.
Sealcoating fills shallow cracks and prevents water from penetrating the asphalt under larger cracks. The shiny surface protects the asphalt from water, fluid spills, UV rays, and everyday wear and tear. Sealcoating should be done every 2-4 years to help prevent any other maintenance for decades. It’s the most cost-effective way to maintain asphalt for a long time.
Premium Asphalt Paving & Sealcoating proudly serves Bryan/College Station and the surrounding Brazos Valley. We offer a free on-site consultation, so we can assess the state of your asphalt surface and decide what needs to be done. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have!
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