How Long Should My Asphalt Last?

When you are asking an asphalt contractor questions about the installation process, one of the questions that should be asked is “how long should my asphalt last?” Asphalt is a big decision for you as a homeowner, and we understand that you want to make sure the asphalt will last for many years, because asphalt, although affordable, isn’t something you want to replace every few years.

Should an asphalt contractor tell a homeowner a certain amount of years that the asphalt should last them? What if the asphalt doesn’t last half the length of time? Will the homeowner blame the contractor for a short life asphalt?

The only time an asphalt contractor can be blamed for asphalt only lasting a few years is if the asphalt project was installed with low quality standards. Most homeowners can expect to get close to twenty years of life out of their asphalt before new work is necessary. If the asphalt only last a homeowner several years, then this is a definite indicator of a poor installation process, along with poor maintenance by the homeowner.

When the asphalt project is complete, the homeowner is responsible for the maintenance of the asphalt. The homeowner must keep the asphalt free from cracks and holes. To do this, a seal coating should be applied every two to three years.

After the asphalt is properly installed, the homeowner must complete routine checks and repairs. This will keep the asphalt in good working order and free from any water buildup or damage. The draining of the water is also essential for a good asphalt. If the homeowner notices that water stands on the surface of the asphalt, the homeowner needs to contact the asphalt contractor to check this problem.

Other than small repairs and fixes, the homeowner doesn’t have to do much to the asphalt. The asphalt can last twenty years or more for a well installed asphalt that has been properly taken care of. If you are unsure about what should be done to the asphalt, give your contractor a call as soon as possible!

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