There’s one big mistake most owners make here – refusing to remove your concrete driveway before laying asphalt! Find the reason behind it.
So, you’ve decided to cover your crumbling, cracking concrete driveway paving with asphalt.
Although you’ve made the right decision, you’re at a crucial point in your journey to a smooth, safe surface. There’s one big mistake most homeowners make here – refusing to remove your concrete driveway before laying asphalt!
Now, it’s not that it’s impossible – technically, it is. But, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea! In fact, it can be a particularly costly one.
Here’s why you should remove your concrete driveway before laying asphalt over it.
Absence Of A Strong, Stable Base
Without a strong base to adhere to for support, your asphalt driveway won’t last as long due to the wear and tear caused by the shifting and sinking of the ground.
And when it comes to concrete, that base is absent. Forget the strength of the base underneath – concrete gets all the strength and stability it needs from its thick, deep slab-like composition.
Unfortunately, this hides the shifting and sinking that sabotages laid asphalt. It will prevent proper grading, causing water to pool and damage your asphalt over time!
Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be
Concrete driveways are composed of expansion joints, helping them cope with temperature changes and the shifting ground beneath over time.
Asphalt, on the other hand, does this inherently. So, laying asphalt directly over these joints will cause cracks as the joints expand and contract with the heat.
Unfortunately, this will make your asphalt driveway more maintenance-intensive and leave a monstrous mess. In many cases, this wear and tear call for a complete replacement!
Pay A Little Now, Or A Lot Later
Yes, it will cost less than removing the concrete first. But, you will soon see the signs of cracking, crumbling, pooling water, and the beginnings of potholes!
Not only is this costly and unsightly, but it’s unsafe too.
First, it affects your driving. Then, it starts to damage your wheels. Maybe someone trips over the uneven surface. So, your maintenance regime gets more intensive. Next, the pooling water causes your asphalt to expand, creating more cracks and potholes, which compound due to the shifting surface beneath.
And the cycle continues until you’re forced to repair, remove, and replace your asphalt driveway.
Why create all these costs when you can simply remove the concrete first?
After seeing the evidence, you’re likely ready to remove your concrete driveway paving ASAP. In that case, say hello to C Aurora Paving Ltd, your leading local Ontario paving contractor!
With almost 50 years’ experience, we’ve seen, paved, repaired, resurfaced, and removed it all! From removing your concrete to implementing safe, sustainable asphalt solutions, we’ve got the expertise you need.
Get in touch today to enjoy a smooth, safe asphalt driveway for years to come!