Well-maintained asphalt increases the curb appeal of your business or home and keeps the foundation structurally sound. However, when the material starts to show signs of wear, it can be difficult to determine whether or not it needs repair or replacement. Whether you have a faded asphalt driveway or holes in your commercial parking lot, use the following guide to understand how to proceed.

Does Your Asphalt Need Repairs?

1. Potholes

Potholes are not aesthetically pleasing and can also be dangerous for people to walk on. They can also detract customers from your business. They are formed by cracks in the asphalt that are filled with water when it rains. During the winter months, the water freezes and expands within the cracks.

As vehicles drive over these areas, the surface of the asphalt collapses, forming a pothole. If the asphalt installation is relatively new, the potholes can be repaired with ease. However, if it’s over 20 years old, it will be more cost-efficient to have it replaced entirely.

2. Pooling Water

Asphalt DrivewayIf your asphalt driveway or parking lot isn’t level, you may notice water pooling in one area after it rains. Pooling water is not aesthetically pleasing and can also signify that there is a major drainage problem.

As the water puddles on the asphalt, it seeps through its multiple layers. This causes the material to weaken, making it more susceptible to cracks and potholes.

The water can be especially harmful if you haven’t had the installation sealed recently. Whether you repair or replace the asphalt depends on how severe the pooling problem is. A paving contractor can help assess the damage and make suggestions on how to proceed.

3. Fading

Faded asphalt decreases curb appeal and can weaken the structure of the material. This occurs due to exposure to the sun’s UV rays. As a result of the continuous sunlight, the asphalt becomes brittle and easily breakable. Also, the faded color can make it difficult to distinguish parking space lines in commercial lots or lane stripes on roadways.

The weakened asphalt can even begin to crumble after sudden temperature changes. Luckily, a faded driveway or roadway can be sealed to restore its original color. During this process, small cracks and holes are also covered to prevent future damage.


If you’re searching for a professional to help you repair or replace your asphalt driveway, contact James Young Paving Contractor. They have been providing the residents of Middletown, NY, with reliable paving services for over 40 years. They are also licensed to work in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Visit their website to learn more about their residential and commercial services or call (845) 692-6998 to receive a free estimate for your project.