5 Benefits Of An Asphalt Driveway

Posted on: 20 January 2017

Whether you are refinishing an existing driveway or laying a new one, you will most likely be choosing between asphalt or concrete. Many savvy homeowners choose asphalt for their driveway for a number of reasons. Some of the top benefits of an asphalt driveway include:

Price

Generally, asphalt is one of the most affordable materials available for a new driveway. If you want to repave your driveway while sticking to your budget, asphalt is a good choice.

Fast Installation

An experienced asphalt paving contractor will be able to lay an asphalt driveway quickly, and within a couple of days, you will be able to begin to use it. The same can't be said about concrete driveways—they typically take much longer to pour, and it can take many days for it to properly set. Asphalt is the better choice for someone who is looking for ease of installation and a short turnaround time until the driveway can be used.

Long-Lasting Durability

Asphalt is a flexible material that is known for being long-lasting and durable. Unlike concrete, asphalt does not have problems with surface flaking, which can cause damage to the driveway and shorten its lifespan. When you choose to have an asphalt driveway installed, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that it will last for many years to come.

Easy to Repair

While asphalt is very durable, it is possible for some cracks to form. Luckily, cracks in asphalt are easy to repair. Most home improvement stores sell asphalt crack filler that is very easy to use, and the cracks can be sealed after they are repaired. Concrete is generally more prone to cracking than asphalt, and there is not an easy fix for cracks in a concrete driveway. If too many cracks form on a concrete driveway, it will eventually need to be replaced.

Low Maintenance

An asphalt driveway is very easy to maintain, and after it is installed you will not have to spend much time or money keeping it in good shape. Generally, all an asphalt driveway will need is regular sweeping and occasional crack filling. Another benefit of asphalt is the fact that its dark color helps retain heat from the sun, so in the winter snow melts faster. This makes keeping the driveway clear much easier, and the retained heat in the asphalt can also help prevent ice from forming on the surface of the driveway. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Lakeridge Paving Company.

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