Are you weighing your asphalt repair service options? Many homeowners and property managers find themselves in similar situations. You know it is time for new asphalt, but you’re not quite sure of how to proceed. One of the most popular asphalt services across the country is an overlay.
Simply put, an asphalt overlay is a process where an asphalt contractor will apply a new layer of asphalt over the old blacktop. Overlays are standard when you see significant deterioration throughout the pavement, and the repairs are more extensive than you would see with a cut and patch. But is an overlay always the best route to go when you see extensive cracks, asphalt potholes, and crumbling? Not always, but there are some things to consider before deciding on the repair service that’s right for you. Here is a list of the pros and cons of laying new asphalt over old asphalt to help you make the right choice.
Pros and Cons of Asphalt Overlays
The Advantages of Overlays
The budget is a significant determining factor when deciding how to proceed with asphalt maintenance and repairs. When you see that you will have to make changes to your asphalt to make it safe and usable, it could even take you by surprise. The great thing about an overlay is that it is very budget-friendly, even when you’re not expecting a large repair bill. According to HomeAdvisor, an overlay will cost between $3-$7 per square foot, while a total replacement is $8-$15 per square foot, and you will have to pay for removal as well. Overlays, however, require no removal costs.
Another great thing is that overlays can happen fast when you’re in a pinch. Because there is no grading, drainage, or foundation work required, you can often get it done in half the time that a full replacement would take.
The Cons of Overlays
While there are many positives to choosing an overlay, you should be prepared for the negatives of only applying that new layer of asphalt paving over the existing blacktop. If you are experiencing issues with the foundation, an overlay will not solve them. This service does not address the larger issues associated with opting for an overlay over a total replacement. If your base is failing, you’ll need more intense help from an asphalt repair contractor. The overlay would just be a bandaid to a much larger issue leaving you to need repairs sooner than you hoped. While budget may have been your reason for an overlay in the first place, you’ll find that you’re wasting money on repairs when the same sub-base issues begin popping up again. Make sure you’re not underestimating the amount of damage you have and work with experienced asphalt installers to get the truth behind what’s happening with your asphalt parking lot or driveway.
Need Help Deciding?
If you’re unsure if an overlay is your best option, give Cassidy Paving a call today at 866-978-9788. We have decades of experience helping customers all across New England pick the right services for their needs and budget.