Have you started to notice that your driveway’s asphalt surface has a lot of potholes and cracks? If your answer is yes, then it may be time for you to replace the pavement.


Unfortunately, even with the best maintenance, nothing lasts forever. Harsh weather conditions, UV rays, freeze-thaw cycles, and heavy traffic are all factors that can shorten the lifespan of asphalt pavement. That’s why it’s important that you always keep an eye on your driveway or parking lot’s condition.


Here are 2 big signs you may need to replace your asphalt surface.


1. Alligator Cracking


Is the surface of your asphalt pavement starting to look like an alligator’s hide? Make sure that you take a closer look at the patterns of the cracks on the surface of your parking lot or driveway.


If these cracks take on a scale pattern, then you may want to consider completely replacing the asphalt. Known as alligator cracking, this is usually a sign of foundation failure.


2. Large Potholes


It’s easy to fill minor potholes here and there to give your driveway or parking lot a quick facelift. However, if any pothole grows big enough, it increases the likelihood of water being able to penetrate the foundation. If this happens, the foundation of your pavement will weaken and fail.


Deep potholes are dangerous because they can cause a lot of potential damage to vehicles. Additionally, they pose tripping hazards for pedestrians.


In order to avoid liability for vehicle damage and/or personal injury, make sure you’re vigilant about getting potholes filled as soon as possible.