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Why You Should Use Asphalt to Pave Your Driveway

Posted by Derek Patterson   1/6/16 12:49 PM

Why_You_Should_Use_Asphalt_to_Pave_Your_Driveway.pngThere are many options of material for your driveway, but the main two options for paving are asphalt and concrete. Why should you use asphalt to pave your driveway? There’s many reasons why asphalt may be the best choice for you - and your driveway. 

Cost

No one wants to spend more than they should have to paving their driveway. In general, asphalt can be as much as half the price of concrete. In any size project, that savings can add up quickly. 

The Environment

Asphalt is usually touted as the most eco-friendly paving option. In fact, if you were striving for LEED certification for a building, including asphalt is recommended. Asphalt takes less energy to produce - and porous pavement can even help the environment by filtering rain water.

Durability

Asphalt is one of the longest lasting paving material choices - and has the ability to continuously add to the lifetime by resurfacing or replacing the surface level. With regular maintenance, it can easily 20 years.

Weather Friendly

Do you live in an area where the weather changes? Chances are, you do. Asphalt is more adaptable to climate change, as it can flex when concrete just breaks. Asphalt is the recommended paving options for climates with snow and extreme heat for just those reasons. Concrete can be hard to salt or treat for winter weather without damaging it, as well as being more likely to break in hot weather. 

Easy To Repair

How do you maintain your asphalt driveway? Most maintenance and repairs should be simple. Any cracks and holes - the usual light wear and tear - can be easily filled and sealed. A sealcoat may be needed to extend the life after several years and can be done by the homeowner or a specialist. Repairing concrete is often costly and complex, a tricky project that requires a specialist.

Convenience

In addition to all that, asphalt is the most convenient option for you. Other materials require a long set time before you can even use it. For example, concrete on average requires at least seven days before it’s usable. No one wants to park their car on the side of the road for seven days - especially when with asphalt, you can use the pavement on the same day.

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Topics: Driveways, Asphalt