Resurfacing vs. Replacing Your Asphalt Surface

Resurfacing vs Replacing Your Asphalt Surface Grand Rapids

The average lifespan of an asphalt surface is 20 years with proper maintenance. But sometimes it's difficult to know when you're ready to replace your driveway or parking lot. Likewise, it may not always be obvious when you have a window of opportunity to resurface.

We do our best to prolong the life of your asphalt surface. This is why we provide a range of repair and maintenance services

Here's what you need to know about asphalt resurfacing and replacement. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions.


If the foundation is in good shape, we may recommend resurfacing. As the name suggests, resurfacing means that we only replace the top layer of asphalt. That way, you're able to remove any damaged pavement but leave the base intact.

Resurfacing is a viable option, as long as the following is true:

  • Less than 25-30% of your paved surface needs repairs.
  • The foundation is in good condition.
  • Your paved surface is less than 20 years old.
  • Your pavement doesn't have any deep cracks.

Call us as soon as possible if you suspect your pavement needs resurfacing. The longer you wait, the less likely we'll be able to repair your parking lot or driveway. Once the foundation has damage, you'll have to replace everything.


At some point, your asphalt driveway or parking lot will need to be completely replaced. When this happens, you can depend on us to install long-lasting asphalt pavement.

Replacement may be the better option if you notice the following:

  • More than 25-30% of your paved surface needs repairs.
  • The foundation is unstable.
  • Your paved surface is more than 20 years old.
  • There are deep asphalt cracks.

Constant asphalt repairs can wreak havoc on your budget. That's why it may be more cost-effective in the long run to replace your parking lot or driveway. But if you do decide to replace your parking lot, you'll need to factor in the cost of line striping.

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You should also arrange for parking at another location until your parking lot is ready. We have a blog post that explains how to close your parking lot for asphalt paving. This will help reduce any confusion from residents, employees, and customers.

As an asphalt paving contractor, we'll work with your schedule as much as possible. That way, we don't disrupt your business any more than we have to while replacing your parking lot.

If you're replacing your driveway, be sure to check out our blog post on when it's time for replacement.

Request a Free Quote From Us

Still aren't sure what to do with your asphalt pavement? As an asphalt contractor, we'd be more than happy to inspect your parking lot or driveway. From there, we'll be able to recommend a plan of action.

To request a free estimate, please call A-1 Asphalt Inc. at (800) 871-4401. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.