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Asphalt Overlays – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 

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Last Updated on May 17, 2024

If your asphalt pavement is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, you may be considering an asphalt overlay. An asphalt overlay can be a great way to extend the life of your pavement without having to completely replace it. But before you make this potentially costly decision, it’s important to understand all aspects of an asphalt overlay – the good, the bad and the ugly. Keep reading for everything you need to know about asphalt overlays. 

The Good 

An asphalt overlay is a great way to build on top of your existing pavement while extending its lifespan significantly – up to 10 years depending on conditions like weather, traffic levels and more. An asphalt overlay is also much less expensive than a complete replacement since the existing pavement can remain in place. Additionally, overlays are often fast and easy since they require minimal disruption to your property – no excavation necessary. Finally, overlays many times look like a brand-new pavement surface.

The Bad  

The biggest downside of an asphalt overlay is that it cannot correct any underlying problems with your pavement such as improper drainage or subgrade failure which could cause further issues down the road if not addressed properly first. Additionally, if there is too much deterioration in certain areas then a full replacement may still be necessary. Finally, an overlay has to be installed at an appropriate thickness. If there is not enough room in regards to your existing infrastructure such as curbs and gutters, they may need to be relocated or replaced.

The Ugly  

When done improperly, an asphalt overlay can actually cause more damage than good. Poorly installed overlays are prone to cracking and premature failure, which could ultimately lead to the need for a full replacement anyway. This is why it’s important to choose a contractor with experience in asphalt overlays who knows how to properly install and maintain your new surface. 

Final Thoughts

Asphalt overlays can be a great choice when looking for ways to extend the life of your existing pavement without replacing it completely. However, there are some downsides that must be considered before making this decision such as potential hidden underlying issues that could cause further damage down the road or regular maintenance requirements for long-term success that could become costly over time if not done properly. Ultimately though, if done correctly an asphalt overlay can provide many years of service at a fraction of the cost compared to full replacement so they should definitely be taken into consideration when looking at all available options!

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Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips
January 17, 2023.
Great company to work with. We contacted Top Job to repair a county road that we dug across for an irrigation line. They were very professional yet friendly. Our job was completed quickly. We recommend this company.
Sam Rowley
Sam Rowley
December 8, 2022.
I’m not sure how the service actually is, but some old guy in a Top Job Toyota was riding my butt today and flipped me off, or it was maybe an aggressive wave at the red light near the Logan library. Hope his day gets better. 12/8 at 230
Kim Rappleye
Kim Rappleye
December 7, 2022.
Very professional and personalized service. Highly recommended!
Mark Malmstrom
Mark Malmstrom
November 22, 2022.
They were easy to get a hold of and showed up when they were scheduled. Good communication and good work.
David Bunnell
David Bunnell
November 4, 2022.
I appreciated the pleasant attitude when talking w/the estimator as well as the scheduler. The work crew did a great job! I highly recommend Top Job Asphalt!
Steven Jacobsen
Steven Jacobsen
October 30, 2022.
Top job Asphalt did an amazing job on my project very professional, I would definitely use them again when I have the need.
Chris Salvesen
Chris Salvesen
October 28, 2022.
Did a great job on the 3" overlay for my very old and deteriorated half circle driveway. Looks brand new. All the transitions to concrete are near perfectly matched when I wasn't sure they could do it. It's almost weird now not feeling the bump driving out of the garage or over our bridge.
Matt Welch
Matt Welch
October 27, 2022.
Top Job paved our asphalt driveways and we couldn't be happier. The service, quality and price were the best I could find and I looked everywhere! Great job guys! I'll be calling back when I start my next project.
Todd Wardrop
Todd Wardrop
October 26, 2022.
I'm so impressed!!😀 Top Job has done such excellent work on my neighbor's driveway ... I'm so jealous. It's absolutely beautiful, and I can't believe how smooth it turned out. It's just perfect. What a great company!

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