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How Long Can I Expect My Asphalt Driveway to Last?

Thanks to its benefits over concrete and other materials, asphalt is a popular choice for driveways. However, it won’t last forever - nothing will. If you already see signs of wear and tear or other issues, we can keep your driveway looking new with sealcoating, resurfacing, and milling. And if the damage is severe, we can help install a brand-new one.

How long will my asphalt driveway last?

Wondering how long you can expect your asphalt to last? Typically, your asphalt driveway should last between 15 and 30 years. Near the end of its lifespan, your driveway will show several signs, such as cracks and drainage, indicating the need for repaving.

What determines how long my asphalt driveway will last?

The exact lifespan of your asphalt driveway depends on several factors, including:

The quality of the initial installation

With a strong base and a thick layer of asphalt, your driveway can better support the weight of vehicles and properly drain away water.


Another critical factor is the level of care you give it. Asphalt can crack, fade, and develop potholes over time. Regularly caring for it through seal coating, crack filling, and patching will help to extend its lifespan to up to 30 years. On the other hand, if you neglect your driveway, leaving damages to worsen, you can expect your driveway to fail before 15 years.


Also, climate plays a significant role in the longevity of your asphalt. Extreme cold and heat, heavy rainfall, and freeze-thaw cycles can all cause damage to asphalt surfaces.

The type of usage and amount of traffic

The type of usage and the amount of traffic your driveway sees also determines its lifespan. The pressure of heavy trucks, campers, trailers, and equipment on a driveway built for cars and vans will shorten its lifespan. Also, if more people use your driveway, the quicker it deteriorates.

Take care of your asphalt, and it will serve you for years!

With installation and regular maintenance from the reliable asphalt paving team at Oakes Paving, you can maximize the lifespan of your asphalt surface and keep it looking and performing its best for years to come. Request a quote today.

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