Major issues with an asphalt driveway or parking lot never happen overnight. There are normally signs that something isn’t quite right and needs some repair work done. Six of the most common signs to look out for are listed below.

  • Cracks and potholes: this is an unmistakable sign that your driveway or parking lot needs to be repaired. Cracks and potholes not only look unattractive, but they can become a safety hazard. These faults occur due to age, wear and tear and even faulty workmanship. Spiderweb or alligator skin types cracks are generally due to poor work by a contractor. Other cracks such as linear ones may be due to earth movement or just age. Whatever the cause of the damage, repair work is needed once these cracks start appearing.
  • Faded Asphalt: over time, the color of the asphalt will fade somewhat due to sun exposure. However, depending on the degree to which the color has faded, then it is an indication that the material is breaking down. This can result in the asphalt becoming brittle which will lead to cracks. If left unrepaired, the driveway will fall apart.
  • Drainage Issues: if water starts to settle on your driveway, this may be an indication that the asphalt is starting to buckle, that is, sinking in areas. This can also indicate that something is happening underneath the surface which will result in cracks and holes in the driveway. Some areas may even sink.
  • Uneven surface: if the surface of an asphalt parking lot is uneven, especially close to speed bumps, you should repave. Unevenness is usually an indication of some type of structural damage.
  • Age: the age of your asphaltic driveway or parking lot should serve as an indicator that it is time for some remedial work. Well done asphalt work can last for two or more decades, but once it is older than 20 years, check for signs of damage. Some experts recommend resurfacing after about 25 to 30 years even if the asphalt still looks good.
  • Staining: if you see oil or grease stains on the asphalt, it is time to take corrective action. It means that the asphalt is being exposed to drips from a vehicle and this will eventually damage the asphalt. Washing alone will not get rid of the stains or prevent damage to asphalt when constantly exposed to chemicals and grease.

Asphalt Repair in Chicago

Whether you will need to repair or resurface completely will depend on the extent of the damage, the age of the driveway and how much you can afford to spend. Once you begin to notice any signs of damage such as those discussed above, make an appointment with an expert in paving and asphaltic works. The sooner you take action, the better, both in terms of amount of work needed and cost. Call us at 847-299-1830 to schedule an appointment for a consultation for asphalt repair in Chicago.