Common Signs of Asphalt Pavement Damage That Homeowners Need to Look For

Getting asphalt resurfacing in Toronto early enough can head off the need for more serious—and expensive—repairs. But first, you need to know when it’s time to call in a residential asphalt paving provider.

There are many signs that might indicate that your asphalt is distressed and in need of repaving (note that it’s important to work with residential asphalt paving experts so you don’t waste time and money on a shoddy job).

But the important thing here to is identify these issues before they can develop into larger problems down the line that can cost a lot more to fix. What’s more, the earlier you catch these problems, the better it will be for any vehicles on your property, your overall property value, and the overall look of your house.

That in mind, let’s take a look at nine signs that your residential property needs servicing from an asphalt paving contractor in Toronto.

Alligator Cracks

Alligator cracks are named for their resemblance to the scaled backs of alligators. These cracks typically consist of a network of large cracks on your asphalt that are fairly shallow but can worsen over time if not dealt with early. An asphalt contractor in Toronto will be able to come in and fix those cracks before they can widen and deepen during seasonal changes.


Over time, you may begin to see wave-like abnormalities in your asphalt. This is typically caused by long periods of vehicles resting atop the asphalt, causing rutting. If the pavement is installed correctly, however, these issues aren’t likely to recur, meaning that expert asphalt repair services can pretty much permanently get rid of waves in your driveway.


Potholes are most typically caused by water that freezes underneath your pavement and creates some upward pressure, causing cracking to appear in the asphalt. These potholes can worsen every winter, so rather than getting quick fixes, you’re better off getting them repaired ASAP since potholes can cause significant damage to the over structure of asphalt pavement.  

Discoloured Pavement

Over time, with the sun constantly beating down on the asphalt year after year, discolouration can occur. And this isn’t just a matter of looks; the UV rays of the sun will actually weaken the asphalt, making it more prone to cracking in the future. If your pavement looks discoloured it may be a tell-tale sign that further damage is inevitable. The good news is that sealcoating your driveway can not only fix discolouration, but also prevent water and UV rays from wreaking havoc on your pavement.


If you’re seeing wrinkles and tears in the asphalt, that almost always means that the bond between the asphalt and the foundation beneath it is weakening or worn away. This can spell disaster for the structural integrity of your pavement. Asphalt that isn’t properly bonded to the foundation will be more prone to cracking in the future, so you may want to contact a residential asphalt paving service to fix the issue before it worsens.


If an underground pipe has slipped its joint, you may experience undermining on your property. This will in turn damage your foundation and cause all sorts of problems for the asphalt on the surface. An asphalt paving contractor in Toronto will be able to dig down and root out the problem before it can cause serious damage to your property.

Crumbling Edges

If your parking lot doesn’t have concrete gutters or curbs, then your asphalt is at risk of crumbling edges. These edges will break apart and leave debris, making your property appear unkempt.


If your foundation begins to wear away and erode (typically from rainwater and melted snow, though there are other causes) you’ll begin to see your asphalt sink. The usual fix is to bring in an asphalt repair services to fix your gutters and water drainage. Speaking of which . . .

Drainage Issues

By far one of the most dangerous threats to your asphalt is water. Whether due to rainwater in spring or melting snow at the end of winter, water can cause severe damage to your asphalt. By seeping into the cracks on the surface, water can trickle down and erode the foundation, which in turn can cause massive damage to your asphalt (see above). In fact, almost every issue your asphalt faces can be exasperated by water. And that’s what makes proper drainage so important; ensure that your asphalt paving contractor in Toronto can also build a resilient and effective drainage system to protect your asphalt.

Residential Asphalt Paving Services from Experts

Your asphalt needs to be tough to weather the elements day in and day out. With Ivy Property Services Inc. you’ll get tough, reliable, and resilient asphalt repair services that will last longer and keep your asphalt in good repair for years.

Whatever your parking lot and asphalt needs are, we have you covered. We can handle asphalt repair services, parking lot repainting, asphalt paving and repair, routing and crack sealing, sealcoating, snow removal, catch basin repairs, pothole repair services, and so much more. Get help from experts you can trust. We’ll get the job done right the first time.

Contact us today and receive a free quote for residential asphalt resurfacing in Toronto. Call us at (416) 818-0970 or send us an email at and get your asphalt looking like new again!