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Understanding Asphalt Maintenance: Sealcoating, Resurfacing, and Repaving | HSC Pavement Maintenance

Are you familiar with the distinctions between asphalt sealcoating, resurfacing, and repaving? At HSC Pavement Maintenance we often assist customers in understanding their pavement requirements. By conducting a brief inspection of your parking lot or driveway, we can recommend the optimal solution.

With proper maintenance, your asphalt pavement will be in optimal shape for years to come.


Sealcoating

When is Sealcoating Necessary?

Sealcoating involves applying a protective layer to the surface of your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Its purpose is to safeguard against damage caused by UV rays, rain, snow, and automobile fluids. Sealcoating is primarily used as a preventive measure to maintain the rich black color and smooth surface of your asphalt pavement.

It is important to note that sealcoating does not address cracks. If there are cracks in your asphalt, they must be repaired before applying the sealcoat. Sealcoating not only prolongs the lifespan of your pavement but also enhances the visual appeal of your property or business.


resurfacing asphalt

When is Asphalt Resurfacing Recommended?

Resurfacing is a viable option only when the foundation of the pavement remains strong and intact. If an assessment of your asphalt parking lot or driveway reveals that the foundation is in good condition and only the top layer is damaged, an asphalt contractor may suggest resurfacing. It is important to make sure that that potholes and cracks are moderate, otherwise repaving may be necessary.

Resurfacing can significantly extend the life of your pavement, eliminating the need for premature replacement of your asphalt driveway or parking lot. During the resurfacing process, the topmost layer of pavement is removed and replaced with fresh asphalt. Since resurfacing is more cost-effective than a complete replacement, it is common for customers to inquire about the suitability of their pavement for this service.


repaving asphalt

When is Repaving Essential?

Repaving entails the complete removal of the old pavement and its replacement with new asphalt. This process involves replacing both the foundation and top layers of asphalt. There are various reasons why an asphalt contractor may recommend repaving, such as extensive cracking or a deteriorating foundation. Sunken sections of pavement also indicate that your asphalt pavement is failing.

Customers may opt for repaving if they have been burdened by constant asphalt repairs, as it may be more financially sensible to invest in repaving than to continue repairing a deteriorating asphalt parking lot or driveway.


Given the intricacy of the asphalt paving process, it will be a bigger initial investment. However, one must consider the long-term consequences of a crumbling asphalt surface. Are you willing to endure ongoing expenses for pothole repairs? Are you tired of witnessing yet another crack in your pavement? Can customers utilize all the parking spaces in your lot? Asking yourself these questions will help you determine if you are ready for an asphalt repaving project.


Request a free quote from HSC Pavement Maintenance today! We are a full-service asphalt contractor serving the Indianapolis, Indiana area as well as Evansville Indiana, and Southern Illinois.

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