Asphalt: The Best Choice For Your Driveway

Asphalt is the powerful black underpinning of many lives. It does not look romantic or lyrical, but since it covers 93% of the 2.5 million miles of road in the United States, people use it, love it, and even sing about it (cue the Jason Aldean music). Not everyone is an asphalt cowboy, but you will be an asphalt fan, particularly if you choose this substance for your driveway:

Asphalt Advantages

Asphalt is everywhere, and for good reason. You will find it constantly underfoot because it is one friendly-surfacing substance. Asphalt is perfect for driveways as well as roads. In fact, asphalt offers you numerous advantages over other driveway pavements such as concrete. Some of the many benefits of this pavement are:

  • Strength and durability - does not flake or crack like concrete

  • Flexibility - easily gives during freezing and thawing

  • Lower maintenance costs - easy to repair if damaged

  • Retains heat - promotes quick melting of winter snows

In residential areas, cables are sometimes run underground, meaning city workers may need to dig up part of your driveway at some point. If you have asphalt, the repair is quick and easy. Concrete, on the other hand, takes longer to lay and to set. Also, concrete is simply more expensive, costing up to two dollars more per square foot than asphalt.

Sealcoat

Seal coating can be applied to asphalt driveways, making them even more durable. These sealants are made of emulsified asphalt, mineral fillers, water, and various other ingredients and work to protect asphalt from water, oxidation, and sun exposure. They also create an attractive solid black surface that can be painted with lines and other markings if desired.

New asphalt should not be sealcoated for at least six months, but the process should  be done before a year has passed. After the initial application, sealcoat should be reapplied every three to four years to protect the strength and durability of your driveway. If properly maintained, asphalt driveways can last between 10 and 30 years, making them a practical and economical choice for your home.

You may feel like singing about asphalt once you have your new driveway, but perhaps you should keep your vocal stylings indoors, particularly if your neighbors are stuck with a cracking and flaking concrete pad. They may well be a tad grumpy. If so, gently guide them to your asphalt guy. They will be grateful.

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