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Navigating Pavement Upkeep: Resurfacing vs. Replacement in Central California

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For property owners in Central California, maintaining pavement is a crucial part of property upkeep. When faced with a worn-out driveway or parking lot, the decision to resurface or replace can be daunting. As leading pavement specialists in the region, we provide an in-depth look into both processes, helping you make an informed decision tailored to your specific situation.


Resurfacing: A Fresh Layer for an Existing Foundation


Resurfacing, also known as overlaying, involves applying a new layer of asphalt over your current pavement. It's a cost-effective solution that can extend the life of your driveway or parking lot without the need for a complete overhaul.



  • Less expensive than full replacement.

  • Can be completed quickly, minimizing disruption.

  • Enhances the appearance and extends the lifespan of your pavement.



  • Not suitable for pavements with foundational issues.

  • Can only be done if the existing surface is structurally sound.

  • The lifespan is shorter compared to full replacement.


When to Resurface:

  • The existing pavement has minor to moderate surface imperfections.

  • The foundation is intact with no major cracks or settling.

  • You’re seeking a cost-effective solution with a shorter turnaround time.


Replacement: Rebuilding from the Ground Up


Replacement involves the complete removal of the existing pavement down to the base layer, followed by the installation of new asphalt or concrete. This process is more thorough and typically used when the existing pavement is beyond repair.



  • Addresses underlying issues that resurfacing cannot fix.

  • Results in a new pavement with a longer lifespan.

  • Improves structural integrity and load-bearing capacity.



  • More expensive due to the extensive labor and materials required.

  • The process is time-consuming, which may result in longer downtimes.

  • It may require additional landscaping or site work.


When to Replace:

  • The pavement has serious foundational problems, such as large potholes or deep cracks.

  • There's significant water damage or issues with the underlying base layer.

  • The pavement is at the end of its lifespan and requires frequent repairs.




Choosing between resurfacing and replacement comes down to the condition of your existing pavement and your long-term property goals. In Central California's climate, with its unique challenges, it's crucial to consider factors like weather exposure, usage patterns, and budget constraints. Whether you opt for the swift turnaround of resurfacing or the comprehensive approach of replacement, ensure you're getting expert advice tailored to your locale and needs.


Are you thinking about the future of your pavement in Central California? Let Central Coast Paving guide you through the decision-making process. Reach out to us at (805) 665-3292 for a thorough pavement assessment and a plan of action that best suits your property’s requirements and budget.

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