6 Benefits of An Asphalt Driveway
Whether you’re installing a brand new driveway to your home or replacing an old and busted one you’re without a doubt going to be considering asphalt as a potential material. This time on the Sunrise Asphalt blog we’re going to talk about how a properly installed asphalt driveway is the right choice.
The Construction of an Asphalt Driveway
Longtime readers know, asphalt is made up of a few components combined and pressed into a solid structure. Rock and sand aggregate and asphalt. 4 – 8” layer if compacted aggregate to create a base or sublayer that is solid and has great drainage. Then a 2 – 3” layer of fresh hot asphalt, again compacted using a roller. After a bit of cured time the asphalt is good to drive on!
So, what are the benefits of going with an asphalt driveway?
Benefits of Asphalt Driveways
The biggest consideration for many when it comes to any home upgrade or change is cost. Good news: asphalt driveways are inexpensive when compared to a concrete slab of identical size. 1 point to asphalt!
Flexibility and Durability
Asphalt is a flexible, durable surface. Yes it will crack in some places, but unlike concrete and asphalt crack won’t necessarily break completely through the surface from edge to edge. Asphalt has a bit more give than that, taking the hits and enduring the damage without completely cracking.
Asphalt is also an incredibly durable material and holds up well even in snowing environments, so long as it is maintained.
Ease of Install
Asphalt is incredibly fast and easy to install, especially when you’re working with professionals like Sunrise Asphalt!
Ease of Care
Asphalt is cheaper to install but it does require a bit more maintenance over the course of its life.
So, if maintaining asphalt is easy and a huge benefit, how do you maintain an asphalt driveway?
Maintaining Your Asphalt Driveway
Your asphalt driveway should last you years, especially if it’s installed correctly, used correctly, and maintained – you guessed it- correctly. The better you take care of your asphalt, the better it’ll take care of you for years to come.
To get the longest lifespan out of your asphalt surface (and to keep it looking its best) you want to make sure you’re cleaning it regularly. Simply sweeping away dirt and debris is a huge help to keeping your driveway maintained. Applying a sealcoat every two to five years keeps the surface protected from the elements and keeping the dark, slick black appearance. Cracks, divots, and holes should be repaired quickly using the right tools before they deteriorate further. The right tools. When we talk about that we’re talking about the professional quality materials and tools that get lasting results. Working with a qualified and experienced asphalt installer gets it all done right.
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