Asphalt Driveway Paving
Asphalt driveways are a surefire alternative to standard concrete. Coming in a dark grey or black appearance, asphalt has been treasured because of its durability, flexibility, affordability, and overall strength against trucks and traffic use. Although asphalt requires more maintenance and use than other paving materials, many of the steps you must take to maintain asphalt are simple and only have to be done every few years.
One of the most obvious benefits of asphalt is its dark appearance that readily conceals oil and gasoline stains. This is often a selling point for those that work on their vehicles or frequently park in the driveway and don’t want the linger stains to appear on the driveway after they’ve finished or left their work. Along with its darker appearance, asphalt is also a safer alternative to concrete as it’s slightly more flexible and soft than other paving materials. Even when cracks and holes do occur, repairing them in asphalt is quick and easy, making it safer and more efficient in the long run to repair asphalt faults.
Asphalt is known to be a cheaper alternative to concrete but still providing clients with the same level of comfort they expect from a paved surface. Since the cost of asphalt is nearly half of what concrete would cost, you might think you’re getting a cheaper product overall. In fact, asphalt is the complete opposite and continually competes against concrete as a go-to driveway paving solution. While you’ll spend less money on the initial asphalt and installation itself, you won’t see many associated or rising costs over time with asphalt’s maintenance either. Some pressure or impact repair costs might be pricey, but these are rare and not likely to happen frequently. Other minor repairs are also budget-friendly, as most can be repaired on a localized level and with infrared, indirect heat.
With an added sealcoat, asphalt has the potential to last for several years and can perform with maximum potential up until the very last minute. Regular sealcoatings protect the asphalt from potential damage and excessive exposure to rain or snow, thus elongating asphalt’s lifespan more than if it had not had sealcoating added. Sealcoatings are needed every 3 – 5 years on the asphalt to ensure that it is able to adjust with the seasonal temperatures and continue carrying the weight of vehicles. When an asphalt driveway is given its proper sealcoatings, it can last anywhere between two to three decades without the need for replacing.
Made from recycled rocks and sand, asphalt is an eco-friendly paving option that gives back to the environment and doesn’t cause the ecosystem any deficits. Installing asphalt is also non-invasive to the environment, making this a great choice for those that are conscious of where their paving materials are sourced from. There are also many types of environmentally-friendly asphalt such as perpetual asphalt, which is a type of asphalt that only sees the top layer of asphalt being replaced, rather than removing the whole piece of asphalt entirely. This reduces the number of repairs and inconveniences if and when asphalt repairs are needed.