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Driveway & Residential Road Asphalt Repair In Richmond, VA

Do you require an asphalt repair in Richmond, VA, or the surrounding areas? Richard’s Paving is the premier driveway and residential asphalt repair and maintenance company.

Professional And Local Driveway Repair Service

When you look outside your home, do you see a driveway constructed out of asphalt? Was it once beautiful, smooth, and shiny, but now it’s cracked, wavy, faded, or holding standing water? Asphalt is the most popular material used on driveways. It’s easy to install, durable, and has a long lifespan if installed properly and well maintained. Luckily, if you’re seeing some driveway wear and tear, you came to the right website. Richard’s Paving does more than install new driveways, we perform maintenance and repair asphalt driveways and other residential roadways. We use the latest equipment and driveway repair practices but what has kept us in business for more than 15 years is our exemplary customer service. You always know your driveway repair and maintenance will be completed with the same care as a new installation. If you need help with your driveway feel free to use our contact page. In further sections on this page, we will go over the problems that can arise with an asphalt driveway, and how we can help you fix those problems.

How To Tell Your Driveway Needs Repair Or Maintenance

Your driveway is very important. It’s the first thing people see when they pull up to visit your home. When people drive up, what do you want them to see? Whether it’s friends, family, or a potential homebuyer, you want to make a good first impression. An asphalt driveway is known to enhance your property’s visual appeal and home value. If it’s faded, worn, cracked, or suffering from standing water, it can be tough to look at. Here are the 10 most obvious signs the asphalt in your driveway is worn out and needs basic maintenance or repair.
 
  1. Standing Water & Depressions: It’s almost ALWAYS a bad sign when you see sunken asphalt where water pools, especially after long periods of rain. If your driveway is new, it means the contractor that laid the asphalt did not account for how long it would take to compress. Or, the driveway was used too early. Either way, if water is able to sit in recesses for long periods of time, it can seep and compromise the integrity of the asphalt.
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    Cracking is the biggest sign your driveway or residential roadway is in need of repairs. Regular maintenance can ensure the lifespan of your driveway.
  2. Large Potholes: Potholes can be confused with the depressions listed in number one. But potholes are usually the result of the standing water and depressions going unresolved, then chunks of asphalt begin to break off. At this point, you run the risk of damaging your vehicle’s tires due to broken asphalt.
  3. Upheaval: Upheaval is when the asphalt starts to bow upward. When water gets under the driveway, into the ground, and freezes, it starts to expand. This underground expansion pushes on your asphalt resulting in little hills.
  4. Surface Raveling: When the asphalt particles break down and crumble, they break off from the rest of the driveway. Raveling is easy to spot because the driveway has an uneven and chunky texture.
  5. Cracking: There are five types of asphalt cracks you can find on your driveway. Edge cracks, block cracks, crescent cracks, fatigue cracks, and reflective cracks.
    1. Edge Cracking: Cracks that develop at the driveways edges due to heavy traffic loads.
    2. Crescent Cracking: These are crescent shaped cracks that appear on the surface of the driveway. They are usually the result of an asphalt contractor using lower quality bonding materials.
    3. Fatigue Cracking: Also called “alligator cracks”, these make the driveway look scaly. If you have a weak-sub grade plus heavy traffic, then these cracks are likely to form.
    4. Block Cracking: Large rectangular or square cracks. This occurs when contractors cut corners and use old and dried-out asphalt during the installation.
    5. Reflective Cracking: If your old, cracked driveway was resurfaced, these are cracks that mirror the cracked pavement underneath. This means simply paving over cracks and other asphalt problems isn’t necessarily a fix.

An asphalt driveway should last 20 or more years. But, due to weathering, traffic, and age, the asphalt will show wear. That’s why it’s important to catch problems when they happen because it will save you money in the long run. In the next section, we will go over the different types of asphalt repair services we offer. It’s our goal to be sure your driveway lasts its full lifespan and keeps providing your home value for years to come.

The Driveway & Asphalt Repair Services Offered By Richard’s Paving

There isn’t a one size fits all service that will maintain or fix damaged asphalt. There are simple repairs like crack filling and pothole filling and more in-depth repairs like full-depth asphalt patching, where you have to remove and replace entire parts of a driveway. This section will go over these different asphalt repairs more in-depth.
A finished full-depth asphalt patch completed in Richmond, VA. This is where the entire surface and subsurface has been removed and replaced.

Full-Depth Asphalt Patching

Completely removing the top layer , middle, and sub layers and then repaving the area. This is a more intensive prepare best done by a professional.

An asphalt contractor patching the surface of a roadway.

Sub-Grade Replacement

When there is damage below the surface, the sub-grade needs to be replaced. Usually, this means providing a full-depth replacement.

A man sealcoating a local asphalt parking lot.

SealCoating

We apply a protective sealant to the driveway and over cracks. This is usually a preventative maintenance procedure to keep future cracks from occuring.

An asphalt contractor performing a surface patch at a local home here in Central, VA.

Surface Patches

A much more simple patching job. We apply new asphalt over the driveways imperfections (cracks, small holes, etc.). Great for smaller, shorter driveways.

Edge crack repairing in action - Asphalt edge repair in Richmond, VA.

Edge Repairs

We fix edges when they start to wear, crack, and break away. We will remove the damaged areas, replace it with fresh asphalt, and smooth it out.

Standing water in a driveway. If you live in Richmond, VA, and your asphalt driveway has standing water, Richard's Paving can fix the problem so it doesn't damage your driveway.

Drainage Improvements

If you regularly see standing water after rainstorms, you will usually see cracks underneath. We can resurface the driveway so water runs off.

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Avoid Expensive Repairs Through Regular Driveway Maintenance

Maintaining your driveway is a very important part of home maintenance in order to avoid expensive repair costs in the future. Richard’s Paving is not just here to help you when the asphalt has become damaged and needs to be repaired, we want you to have all the information you need to maintain it and have it last as long as possible. If you avoid driveway maintenance and future repairs, then the only logical solution becomes full asphalt replacement, and that’s the most expensive. To help you avoid that, here are some tips for maintaining your driveway’s asphalt.
 
  • Regular Sealcoating: Sealcoating preserves asphalt the best when done every few years. It protects your driveway from UV rays, water penetration, freezing, and cracking.
  • Plow and Shovel Carefully: When it snows or rain turns to ice, use a plastic shovel for uneven surfaces. Also, try to remove snow a few inches at a time to avoid scraping the asphalt a lot.
  • Clean Your Driveway: It’s not something a lot of people do, but it helps! Remove stains left by radiator fluid, oil, and other substances. Motor fluids can actually soften asphalt making traffic more likely to cause depressions.
  • Minimize Water Buildup: If you see water puddling, when it stops raining push the water off the driveway and into the yard. This will keep it from weakening the integrity of the asphalt.
 

Thank you so much for reading to the end and learning about driveway and asphalt repair. Richard’s Paving is the premier asphalt paving, repair, and maintenance contractor in Central, VA. We are based in Aylett, VA, but provide asphalt repair in Richmond, VA, and the entire Richmond Metro Area. If you’re a homeowner, property manager, or business owner and have an asphalt driveway or parking, and start seeing signs of wear and tear, give us a call at 804-614-4099 or 877-546-8867. You can also visit our contact page and send a message. We would love to hear from you and provide you with the best solutions available to repair your asphalt.

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The before and after of an asphalt driveway project we completed in Richmond, VA.

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