If you have an asphalt driveway that is not in good condition, you do not have to rip it out and install a new driveway. This is because you have other options, which can save you money. Three of these options include using a crack filler, patching, and resurfacing the driveway. Below is information about each of these so you can decide what would work best for your driveway.
Use a Crack Filler
If there are small cracks or holes on your driveway you can patch them. This is much less expensive than other options you have. You can buy a crack filler at a home improvement store. It is in liquid form. You squirt the liquid into the crack or hole to fill it in. You use a special tool to wipe over the hole/crack to even out the liquid and let it dry. The product you purchase will come with complete instructions.
Patch the Asphalt
If the cracks or holes on the asphalt driveway are larger, then patching would be a good option for you. With this, you will need to hire an asphalt contractor to repair the driveway for you. They will first remove a few inches of the top layer of the damaged area, clean the crack or hole, and then pour new asphalt and level it off.
If there is a lot of damage in one area, the contractor can do a dig out patch. This is removing all the asphalt down to the ground from the damaged area and installing new asphalt in place of it. This type of repair is much more complex, but it works well and will last you a long time.
Resurface the Asphalt
If patching will not work well you can resurface the asphalt driveway instead. For example, if there are several large holes and cracks it would not work well to patch all of them. Resurfacing the driveway also looks much better because when finished it will look like you have a new driveway.
When a contractor resurfaces an asphalt driveway, they will remove the top layers of the asphalt. They will then replace these layers with new asphalt. This is much less expensive than installing a new driveway and takes much less time.
Talk with an asphalt service contractor in your area and they can go over this information with you in much more detail. The contractor may also suggest that you replace your entire driveway if there is a lot of damage to it and the driveway is very old.