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Benefits of a Residential Asphalt Driveway

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
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You may not think there is much difference between driveway paving materials aside from cost, but there are important benefits that only certain materials can offer you. One of the best materials to use in paving your home’s driveway is asphalt, for plenty of reasons beyond just affordability.

Asphalt driveways are more affordable

Price isn’t the only factor, but it’s an important one. Most people choose between asphalt and concrete for their driveways, but more affordable and better performing. The cost of asphalt installation depends on how much work the crew needs to do to prepare the ground for asphalt paving, but it is in almost all cases considerably cheaper than concrete paving.

It’s easy to keep asphalt looking brand new

Protective maintenance and minor damage repairs on asphalt driveways are quick and effective. While asphalt does fade to a gray from its original striking black after a few years, the fix for this is simple. Every few years, getting a seal coating on your driveway will restore it to looking brand new while protecting it. It will be sharply black again.

Larger cracks only require a simple fix, too. We can fill in a larger crack so that it fits back in with the rest of your driveway.

Winter weather won’t destroy asphalt like concrete

With a concrete driveway, all you can do is wait and see what the damage is after the freezing cold has had months to beat up your driveway. There are a few things that allow asphalt to handle the winter weathering more easily. One is its flexibility. It can withstand that freezing and thawing much more easily without cracking up.

Another thing that hurts driveways in the winter is the rock salt that is used to keep them clear of ice. Concrete is degraded by the chemicals in this salt which makes it break down easier, but asphalt stands strong against these chemicals. Plus, with the dark color of asphalt, it absorbs more heat from the sun and therefore less snow and ice can survive on it.

Asphalt lasts a long time

Asphalt has a long lifespan with the proper maintenance, with an average of fifteen years before it needs replacement. It doesn’t take much to keep your asphalt in good shape so you can get a full working life out of it. Remember to fill in any large cracks that grow over time, and to have it seal coated every couple of years.

Plus, once you do replace your asphalt driveway after all those years, it won’t just be thrown away. Asphalt can be recycled. In fact, millions of tons of asphalt are recycled in the United States alone every year.

Total Asphalt Paving | Residential Asphalt Driveways

If you want a driveway that you can depend on, one that will last for years and years with minimal maintenance, then consider an asphalt driveway from Total Asphalt Paving. Not only does asphalt itself last long, but our experts know how to prepare its installation to make sure that it’s not doomed from the start. We’ll grade your driveway area perfectly to ensure that there aren’t any uneven areas that would speed up the breakdown of your driveway. Then we’ll use our state-of-the-art equipment and years of experience to lay down the asphalt perfectly.

To get a quote on a residential asphalt driveway for your home, call now (586) 752-9060 or send an online contact form!


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