Your driveway has probably seen some wear and tear after years of winters, freezing and thawing. Patching the driveway is not always the best choice. If you have a few severe cracks and holes, or several smaller ones, it is not necessarily cost-effective or practical to patch them all. While patching the driveway does restore the structural strength it won’t look as nice, clean and neat as a newly resurfaced driveway. If you are concerned about curb appeal, resurfacing may be the best choice.
Resurfacing the Driveway
Resurfacing is completely removing and replacing the top layers of asphalt. The patching is done before the final top layer of asphalt is poured. This adds the structural strength and gives a look of a new driveway. And it’s a fraction of the cost of complete replacement of an asphalt driveway.
Resurfacing can fix many badly damaged asphalt driveways. But it is not the right choice in all situations either. Some driveways have damage that extends to the foundation of the driveway. Patching can fix relatively small failed areas but is not practical for bigger or multiple problems.
Replacing the Driveway
The older your driveway is, the more likely it is to need replacement. Driveways are exposed to massive forces and eventually these forces will take their toll. Patching or resurfacing an asphalt driveway that is more than 20 years old will be a temporary fix. Almost certainly a new problem or problems will develop after the repairs are complete.
Replacing the driveway is starting over. The upfront cost are higher but it is a long-term investment. With the right maintenance, a new driveway could be essentially trouble-free for another 20 or more years.