Why "Resurfacing" might be the wrong scope of work for your driveway.
So your driveway is not looking so good and you have been putting off paving and the time has come that you start to make some calls. How to choose the companies to call is a topic for a future blog, but what choosing the proper scope of work is what this will be about.
Resurfacing Your Driveway
So if your driveway has some cracks here and there "Resurfacing" might be a good option. If your driveway has plenty of pitch and it only has to be flush with the garage. When a driveway is "Resurfaced" We remove a section of the existing driveway in front of the garage. We look for any evidence of rocks being pushed up by frost. Generally a protrusion pushing the asphalt up about one foot in diameter. If any we remove cut around them and remove the stone and compact the material and patch the asphalt. A wedge of asphalt is placed from the existing asphalt to the base material. Then a coat of asphalt is placed over the entire driveway and compacted.
Ripping Out, Grading and Paving Your Driveway
If your driveway has many cracks we some times refer to this as "Alligatored" and any reputable contractor should not recommend resurfacing, maybe it even has potholes. It might be tempting to resurface from a financial point of view because it can be up to half the cost, but the fact is no matter how much asphalt is installed on top of it the cracks will come thru very quickly. It will look good when completed but will not stand up to the test of time and could crack in a year or two depending on how severe the coming winters frost and thaw cycles are. The correct scope of work for a driveway like this is to completely remove the existing asphalt, compact the existing base material. Fine grade using processed aggregate and compact again. Then install the asphalt and compact a final time.
Hopefully this information will help you choose the right scope for your driveway. As always feel free to call us at 203.943.0584 to have us come out and give you our expert opinion and a detailed proposal. If you have found it helpful please let us know in our comments section.