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Even asphalt lots that are well-constructed and well-maintained will inevitably break down over time through normal wear and tear, leading to hairline cracks, bumps, divots, and even potholes. However, you don’t always want to commit to fully tearing up and repaving asphalt when it gets worn down like this. Instead, you may be able to address the issues—and significantly expand the lifespan of your lot in the process—with an asphalt overlay.

That said, an asphalt overlay in Austin can still be a big undertaking. It’s not the kind of job you want to entrust to someone more concerned with their own bottom line than providing you with the best possible results. No matter how big or complicated the job is, you’ll want help from a company that’ll treat you as a partner and offer high-quality service you can’t put a value on.

What Is an Asphalt Overlay?

An asphalt overlay is largely what it sounds like: a new layer of asphalt poured over existing asphalt to repair surface-level damage and extend the lifespan of the asphalt lot. A typical asphalt overlay is anywhere from one to three inches; however, the exact height and thickness will vary from case to case, depending on the condition of the base layer of asphalt.

Depending on the extent of damage that the asphalt surface has already sustained, the process of putting down an asphalt overlay in Austin may begin with removing the uppermost portion of the existing base layer. Specifically, this would be removing as much of that layer as will be replaced by the overlay, so usually about one to three inches worth of old asphalt. Then, significant problems with the base layer—like potholes and ruts—can be addressed, and a layer of asphalt can be poured overtop to create a smooth new surface.

When Might an Asphalt Overlay Be Needed?

The main benefits to asphalt overlays compared to fully repaving a damaged piece of pavement are time and cost. In most situations, getting an asphalt overlay for a lot in Austin will be almost half as expensive as a full repaving job. Plus, it can be completed more quickly by comparison while still producing visibly and structurally sound results. In fact, you usually can’t even tell the difference between an asphalt overlay and a full repaving just from looking at or using the finished product.

However, putting a new layer of asphalt on top of a base layer with serious structural problems may only be papering over cracks. Likewise, if it’s been more than 10 years since a lot was last repaved, an asphalt overlay may not last as long as it would overtop a newer base layer. In such a situation, committing to a full repaving may be the wiser choice in the long run—something that a skilled paving professional can discuss with you during an initial consultation.

We Can Help With Your Asphalt Overlay Needs in Austin

Deciding how to fix cracks and potholes in an asphalt lot can be a surprisingly intimidating process, especially if you haven’t needed to seek repairs for this lot or any other in the past. Fortunately, you have help from local paving experts who lead the competition in logistics, communications, service after the sale, and—of course—honesty and quality in everything we do.

If you need help with asphalt overlay in Austin, you can be sure that Integrity Paving & Coatings will provide you with the timely, flexible, and high-quality assistance you need. Call today to discuss your options.

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