What Is An Overlay And When Is It The Best Option?

Overlay is a process that involves adding a new layer of asphalt to the current layer of asphalt or concrete. Overlay will boost safety along with curb appeal for a home or business owner. The overlay allows for a new asphalt without paying the big costs of new asphalt.

When can a homeowner or business have the option of doing an overlay to their current concrete or asphalt? A homeowner or business can do an overlay when the current concrete or asphalt is free from any drainage problems or a faulty surface.

Water drainage can be a factor to consider in an overlay process. The current asphalt and concrete must be able to drain the water. If the water drains right, then overlay can be applied to the current asphalt.

If there is a water drainage problem with the current asphalt, then this will need to be repaired before an overlay can be done. An asphalt contractor can take a look at the current concrete or asphalt and determine immediately if it is a good option for the overlay. If the water drainage issue is not repaired, the overlay will have no chance for success.

The current concrete or asphalt will have to be thoroughly cleaned and prepped for the overlay. This may involve filling any cracks. The cracks will need to be filled to prevent damage to the new overlay. The current asphalt will have a coat applied that will create a bond between the new and current asphalt. This application is vital for the overlay to be successful. A paving of asphalt will be added after the bonding has been applied, then paving will continue until the surface is smooth.

Overlay is an excellent option for homeowners and businesses. This allows for an inexpensive layer to be applied to improve your current asphalt. The appearance of the overlay will be fresh and new, adding years of life to the current asphalt. Many homeowners and businesses use the overlay process for cost efficient asphalt updates.

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