If you’re a homeowner and you’ve noticed that your driveway or parking lot is starting to show signs of wear and tear, you may be wondering if it’s time to have it replaced. However, in many cases, resurfacing is an effective alternative that can save you money while still restoring the beauty and functionality of your asphalt surface. In this blog post, we will discuss when it makes sense to opt for asphalt resurfacing instead of replacement. We’ll also talk about our services and how we can help with your project. Let’s get started!


What Is Asphalt Resurfacing?


Asphalt resurfacing is a cost-effective way to repair damage caused by weathering and wear-and-tear. The process involves applying a new layer of hot asphalt over the existing surface. This new layer helps fill any cracks or potholes and gives the surface a brand-new look. Not only does this make the area look better, but it also increases its lifespan as well.

In driveways and parking lots, resurfacing is often used to restore the surface after it has been damaged by everyday wear and tear. It’s also a great way to repair damage caused by weathering or from vehicles driving over it.


When Does It Make Sense To Resurface?


The decision between resurfacing or replacing your asphalt depends on the extent of damage that has been done to the driveway or pavement.

Generally speaking, asphalt resurfacing is recommended when there are only minor issues such as small cracks or potholes present on the surface. If these issues are addressed quickly, they can often be repaired with minimal disruption and cost using resurfacing techniques.

On the other hand, if there is significant damage such as large cracks or deep potholes present on the surface, then replacement may be necessary in order to restore its structural integrity and ensure its longevity.

Additionally, if your driveway area has not been maintained properly over time, then replacement may be necessary in order for proper maintenance procedures to take place in order for it to remain in good condition over time.

Your driveway is only as good as the maintenance and care it receives, so make sure to follow up with regular maintenance such as sealcoating and crack filler in order to keep your driveway looking great for years to come.


How Long Will Asphalt Resurfacing Last?


The lifespan of an asphalt resurfaced area depends on how well it is maintained going forward as well as how severe weather conditions are in your region and how much traffic it receives each day.

With regular sealcoating and other preventative maintenance procedures (such as crack filling), a newly resurfaced area should last anywhere from five to ten years before needing another round of repairs or replacement depending on its usage rate.


Pros and Cons of Asphalt Resurfacing


Asphalt resurfacing is a great way to repair minor damage to your driveway or parking lot without having to replace it completely. It’s also much more cost-effective than replacement and can be completed in a shorter amount of time as well.

However, there are some drawbacks when it comes to asphalt resurfacing. For one, the new layer of asphalt may not be as durable as a completely replaced surface. Over time, the resurfaced area may need to be repaired again in order to maintain its integrity. Additionally, repairs to a resurfaced area can take longer than replacement due to the hot asphalt being applied over the existing surface.

Overall, if you have minor damage to your asphalt surface, then resurfacing can be a great way to repair it quickly and cost-effectively. However, if the damage is too severe or you have a large area that needs to be repaired, then replacement may be your best option.


How Does Asphalt Replacement Work?


If your driveway has significant damage or simply needs to be replaced due to age or wear and tear, then replacing the entire surface may be necessary. This involves removing all of the existing asphalt and replacing it with new hot asphalt mix. The advantage here is that you’ll get a brand-new driveway that’s built to last for years to come. Of course, this process requires more time (and money) than resurfacing does; however, if done correctly it can provide significant benefits in terms of appearance and longevity. 


Pros and Cons of Asphalt Replacement


The pros of asphalt replacement include a longer lifespan, improved appearance and better drainage. Additionally, replacing the entire surface can help ensure that your driveway is free from any existing damage or weeds that may be present in a resurfaced area.

However, the downside of replacement is that it will take more time to complete and cost significantly more than a resurfacing job would. Additionally, if not done properly it can lead to drainage issues or other problems that could require further repairs down the line.




Asphalt resurfacing and replacement are both viable options when it comes to repairing damage or restoring an existing driveway or pavement. The best option for you will depend on the extent of the damage, your budget and how quickly you need it completed.

Ultimately, asphalt resurfacing is a great option for minor repair work while replacement is better suited for more extensive repairs or for those larger jobs that require an entirely new surface.

In either case, be sure to hire a professional contractor like Philipps Specialty Paving to ensure the job is done correctly and your driveway or pavement lasts for many more years to come.