What Is the Difference Between Asphalt Resurfacing and Patching?

What Is the Difference Between Asphalt Resurfacing and Patching?

by | Oct 24, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you know the difference between asphalt resurfacing and patching? If you have a paved area undergoing damage or weathering, you must know the difference and decide between these two services. 

If you’re considering either of these rejuvenating processes, our professional team can help. With variations in costs and work intensity, both have elements to consider. 

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The Details 

Resurfacing the area requires preparing and layering the surface in new material to create a smooth, refinished top layer. As a result, it looks as good as new without going through the effort of removing the existing surface. It covers a wider space but requires more material and time to finish. However, it does add a fresh, “new” look to your property. 

Patching, however, focuses on damaged areas rather than the entire space. This method covers specific surface areas in new material rather than the entire space. It is quicker and more cost-effective but can create dark and visible patches where the new and old materials meet. 


Over time, your asphalt will wear and tear, weathering from the elements. However, certain designs will be affected more than others. For example, a driveway will sustain more wear than a walkway as the space is larger and the use is far more intensive. This means that you may see cracks or holes in your driveway before any signs of weathering on your walkway. If the cracks or holes are minimal and starting to appear on the surface, you’ll be fine patching them over and focusing on one problemed area at a time. However, if they’re larger or in areas that require constant use, you may want to resurface the area to ensure all issues are fixed at once.

Time Consumption

When it comes to the amount of time it takes to cover small areas versus the amount of time it takes to cover the entire space, much of it depends on the area you’re repairing. 

For example, a patio area may take as much time to completely cover, as a parking lot would take to be patched. It takes time to prepare the existing surface and apply the new layer, with time added for the setting. 

The smaller sectioned patch approach takes far quicker to apply and dry, giving you a usable surface in less time. If time is the most important thing for you, this could be the deciding factor. 

Asphalt resurfacing or patching can offer a solid fix to a weathered situation, whether dealing with business or home property. We can ensure you get the best results from walkways to driveways and everything in between. 

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