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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Asphalt Driveway

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Asphalt Driveway
Does your asphalt driveway need repairing or replacing? Here are the signs.

People often overlook the driveway when it comes to home improvement. They may literally gaze directly over it at the house beyond. While a home has many facets that need maintenance, so does this path connecting your home to the road. One of the most popular choices in driveway materials in Maryland is asphalt. If you have an asphalt driveway, there will come a time when it needs replacing. Below are the signs that it needs more than a mere repair.

Alligator Cracks

Alligator cracks are a common sight in an asphalt driveway if it is older. While other types of cracks can form on asphalt, alligator cracks form a web across the surface, like the pattern on an alligator’s back. This phenomenon could be a sign that the base of the driveway has deteriorated. When widespread cracking occurs, it may be better to replace than to repair.


Alligator cracks are only the beginning when it comes to asphalt driveway damage. If left alone, the separate pieces of the driveway can become dislodged and leave a pothole. Alternatively, potholes may form because of condensation gathering beneath the asphalt, freezing, and melting, leaving a pit underneath the surface which collapses. 

Drainage Issues

Another sign that your asphalt driveway needs replacing is if standing water gathers on its surface. Rainwater should drain off of hardscapes into the soil or down the street into a storm drain. The danger standing water poses is the same as with alligator cracks; the water will seep through the asphalt and create potholes.

Old Age

The estimated age of an asphalt driveway is 10-20 years when well-maintained. If yours is passing that mark, it may be time to let the blacktop retire and pave anew. Another way to tell your driveway is worn out is if you continuously are making repairs to it. Eventually, its worth will be less than the repairs you put into it. If you think your driveway needs replacing or repairing, give Michael Bryan Landscapes a call!

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