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Should You Resurface or Replace Your Asphalt Driveway?

resurfacing asphalt driveway

The choice between driveway resurfacing and replacement is often a tough one. Both procedures provide outcomes that are equally visually appealing, which is one of the main driving factors for undertaking either of these projects. The choice ultimately depends on the age of the pavement, the degree of damage it has sustained and how much you are willing to spend to fix it. If you require driveway resurfacing or replacement, look no further - Alvi Paving Ltd provides excellent asphalt paving services in Ottawa with competitive pricing.


Replace for Long-Term

When the structural value of your driveway diminishes significantly, replacement is the only viable option left. Asphalt paving has an average lifespan of about 20 years. This means that past that period, the structural integrity of the pavement will decline. It will sustain damage very easily and with increasing frequency. At this point, simple repairs can only be considered as a temporary solution. You will have to carry out a lot of repairs, which will be a wasted expenditure as the pavement will have to be replaced sooner or later.

If you haven't maintained your driveway regularly and you happen to live in a place with heavy snowfall, your driveway will mostly have cracks and potholes. You could patch up all the cracks and potholes and add a new layer of asphalt on top, but this will not yield long-term results. If more than a third of your driveway needs repairs, it is time to consider driveway replacement. It provides all the benefits of a new driveway but is as expensive, if not more, as there is the added expense of removing the old pavement.

Resurface for Short-Term

On the other hand, driveway resurfacing is an extension of asphalt maintenance. It can increase the lifespan of the existing pavement and give it a new look. Resurfacing is a good option if your driveway is not heavily damaged and was installed within the last 15 years. Does your driveway have many small cracks that are more than a quarter-inch wide and go deep into the surface? Then resurfacing is ideal as it can improve the structural integrity and durability of your existing driveway. Homeowners who wish to sell their homes opt for resurfacing to increase the appeal of the property. It is a much cheaper and quicker alternative to having the driveway replaced.

Contact Us for Paving Services

Every paving project comes with unique problems. Hire a paving contractor who can ensure the problems are assessed and addressed properly. Alvi Paving Ltd has been Ottawa’s trusted paving contractor for over five decades. We have served residential and commercial clients with quality asphalt paving over the years. Check out our tips and tricks page to learn how to maintain your driveway.

Contact us today for an estimate for driveway resurfacing.



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