3 Signs Your Asphalt Driveway Needs To Be Repaired

by Diane Barnes

Having an asphalt driveway for your home is a wonderful thing. However, just with other types of driveways, you need to ensure that you take care of it. Throughout the life of your driveway, you may need to have your driveway repaired or replaced. This article will discuss 3 signs that your asphalt driveway needs to be repaired:

It Is Starting To Buckle

If you notice that your asphalt is beginning to buckle and sink in certain areas, then this is a good sign that you need to have your asphalt repaired. Asphalt often buckles when the structure underneath it is no longer stable, or because there is a weak point somewhere within the asphalt. Whatever the case may be, the buckle is likely going to get worse, and the asphalt will sink deeper and deeper into the ground. Before this spreads and causes more damage, you should call an asphalt contractor to come and look at the problem. They can determine what caused the issue, and can either recommend re-stabilizing the ground beneath the asphalt and/or the asphalt, or they may suggest redoing the asphalt to create a new solid structure. 


When it comes to asphalt there are two kinds of cracks that generally appear. The first kind is called linear cracks. These cracks generally happen over time as dirt and other debris slowly works their way up into the asphalt, thus creating a linear crack. The other type of cracks that can appear are spiderweb cracks. These cracks resemble a spider web and go out in all directions. These types of cracks are more serious because they generally happen because the entire structure is unstable. This is often because the asphalt was not poured correctly in the first place, and are not normal signs of an aging driveway. When it comes to having them repaired by an asphalt contractor, you will likely be able to fill in the linear cracks, but the spiderweb cracks will possibly result in your entire driveway needing to be redone. 

Drainage Issues

If you find that your driveway won't drain water off of it properly, this is a sign that it has either shifted or caved or that it was not poured properly in the first place. This can cause water to gather on your driveway, which can not only lead to premature deterioration of your driveway but can also be dangerous if the built-up water freezes. To fix this issue, an asphalt services contractor may pour a new surface coat of asphalt on your driveway to even it all out, or they may redo the entire thing.