Asphalt is a popular driveway paving option thanks to its fast installation, durability, and low-maintenance requirements. However, when your driveway begins showing signs of deterioration, it's imperative to take action before minor damage can spread, requiring even more extensive repairs. Learn more about signs of asphalt damage below.

A Guide to Asphalt Damage

1. Discoloration

The binding material holding asphalt together is a tarry, black, sticky substance. This gives asphalt pavement its black color. Over time, UV rays can cause the binding material to dry out. It and deteriorates and fades, lightening the asphalt's overall color to a shade of gray. As the binding material deteriorates, bits of asphalt may come loose and break off.

2. Cracks

driveway pavingCracks in asphalt can form when water sits on the surface too long in cold weather. As it seeps into small nooks and crannies, it can freeze, expanding and creating cracks. Once a crack forms, it will only continue to get worse. Freezing and thawing cycles can also result in buckling and unevenness in the asphalt’s surface.

3. Sunken Spots 

When water erodes the under-layer of asphalt, it causes unevenness and sunken spots. This is more likely to occur in areas regularly subject to water exposure—for example, a part of the driveway near a gutter or downspout. Sunken spots allow water to pool, eroding the asphalt's surface even further.


When you need expert asphalt driveway paving services, contact Beausoleil & Sons Construction, Inc., This  pavement and construction contractor services clients throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. For over 50 years, they’ve provided top-quality results and customer care for residential and commercial customers, driveway paving, private roads, and game courts. They provide a detailed evaluation, cost estimate, and timeframe for every project. To request a free estimate, use the online form or call them at (401) 632-0203.