Asphalt is tough but it's not going to last forever and over time, especially with our glorious Tennessee climate and heavy usage it will start to crack and crumble. Which is not a problem because our reliable and affordable repair services can restore your asphalt driveway back to pristine condition in less time and for a lower cost than you think.
The problem with cracks is not knowing if they are one-offs or due to an underlying problem that will continue to undermine your efforts to repair them. We're experts in deciding if a crack is a true one off or part of an ongoing process that might best be dealt with by resurfacing or replacing the asphalt. If the crack is a simple one then it can sometimes be dealt with using a simple latex caulk, but as cracks multiply and often join up then the best answer is a hot rubberized crack filler. Let us make sure that cracks aren't just hidden but generally dealt with in a way that extends the life of your driveway.
Oil spots are ugly but a common feature of driveways of all kinds and since asphalt is itself petroleum based they don't pose too much of an immediate problem to the structure of your driveway. Left to accumulate over time, however, oil spills can aggravate asphalt damage and in particular any oil patches are a serious problem if you are planning to seal coat your asphalt as the oil stops the coating from adhering. If necessary we will cut out and replace oil damaged areas as part of our asphalt repairs.
Potholes start with small cracks or holes but as wind and water get into the hole and start to carve out the soil underneath they can grow. Each time part of the asphalt layer crumbles into the hole beneath the exposed surface increases and the erosion of the soil beneath it does too. You've probably seen temporary DIY pothole repairs where gravel or some other aggregate is dumped into the hole but such repairs are doomed to be short lived. Instead we repair potholes with a technique called saw cut patching where the damaged asphalt is identified and cut out altogether, instead being replaced with a new layer of hot mix asphalt. Saw cut patching results in strong and long lasting repair work.
As professionals we don't believe in wasting our clients' money. So when cracking and wear suggest to us that this asphalt driveway is on its last legs we will recommend resurfacing rather than getting dragged down into a cycle of perpetual repair. For resurfacing we can either mill down part of the asphalt layer and replace it or take up the old asphalt altogether and start again with a new surface on a graded base. Resurfacing can offer the chance to begin from fresh which is the answer if cracks and deterioration point to an underlying problem with the initial asphalt lay.