Your driveway is subjected to a large amount of wear and tear over time due to its basic function: the constant weight of vehicles, the risk of leaking chemicals, and the fact that your asphalt is exposed to a wide range of different weather conditions can all break down the structural integrity of your paved surface. Understanding what a few of the most common warning signs associated with an asphalt driveway that is overdue for a replacement are can help you determine when you should get in touch with a paving contractor to replace your driveway entirely before it crumbles into dust.
One of the first warning signs associated with a driveway that is beginning to reach the end of its lifespan is if you spot a change in coloring on the asphalt itself. While this may only seem like a superficial aesthetic change, changing color actually points to the age and brittleness of the pavement. Asphalt is usually dark colored when it is flexible and durable, but will turn gray or white as it begins to dry up and become more easily broken. While a change in color doesn't mean that your driveway requires emergency asphalt repair, it does mean that you should watch out for other signs of damage and age and consider replacement sometime in the near future.
Potholes and Cracks
Another fairly easily apparent sign that your driveway should be replaced with a fresh coat of pavement is if there are large sections of the asphalt that are cracked, affected by potholes, or otherwise physically damaged. The size of the cracks and potholes aren't as important as you may think they would be: instead, it's the area that they cover. Spiderweb cracks over a significant portion of your driveway points to structural damage that repairs won't be able to fix for long. Similarly, a single large pothole can be easily filled, but multiple smaller potholes throughout the surface of your driveway point to support issues underneath the pavement and severe structural degradation of the entire surface.
Another important sign associated with a driveway that has fallen into disrepair and should be replaced with a fresh layer of pavement is if you notice that water ends up turning into puddles and staying on your driveway for a significant amount of time after it rains. This points to damage to the slope and structural integrity of your driveway itself, preventing water from properly draining off of the pavement. This can cause further damage and stress to your asphalt, as the moisture seeps into the pavement and can cause or aggravate cracks.