It’s indisputable that an elegant driveway can change the outer look of your home. Sleek, and black asphalt driveway paving will add a lot of dynamics to your home’s setting. Being simplistic yet classy and elegant, its monotone will highlight the beauty and the outdoor décor of your residence.  

What is Asphalt?

Asphalt is a naturally occurring substance that has unique physical properties. Well, it is not to be confused with tar. Its sticky, elastic and adhesive nature can stretch and bend without any breakage. Asphalt is also highly waterproof.

How is Asphalt Paving Applied?

First, the ground level of the property needs to be tested to examine if it is structurally sound and has a proper drainage system.

If the surface needs repair, it must be done before the asphalt is laid.

The new asphalt will be compressed by a roller to make sure it is flat and smooth textured. Cured asphalt lasts longer. The asphalt needs to dry before painting or the addition of speed bumps.

Building an Asphalt Driveway

The chief components for building an asphalt driveway are rock, sand, asphalt cement and petroleum tar. They are mixed at a high temperature and poured on the driveway. The mixture becomes compact by a heavy machine or what is known as a steamroller, giving the driveway a smooth finish and a complete look.

Maintaining an Asphalt Driveway

Though asphalt driveways are long-lasting, they need to be maintained. They might get chipped if not cleaned properly. Cleaning the driveway twice a year with a strong hose spray to remove all the dirt and debris will help maintain the pristine condition. The asphalt driveway needs to be seal coated every two to five years to safeguard the water-resistant surface. If cracks and holes appear, they should be sealed with asphalt repair material or a good quality sealant.

Typically, asphalt driveways can last up to 20 years, depending on usage and maintenance.

Using Asphalt in your Driveway

Asphalt is a better alternative to concrete. Even though it may crack, being more flexible, it is less likely to crack than a concrete slab.

Installing a new asphalt driveway costs about $3 to $4 per square foot, whereas a new concrete costs about $5 to $7 per square foot for a plain gray slab. Coloured concrete with special finishes or other decorative embellishments can cost up to $8 to $18 per square foot. So, asphalt indeed is a cost-effective option.

It can endure harsh winter conditions and is less likely to be damaged by ice melting. It always comes in almost a ready to use option.

You can DIY your own asphalt driveway – whether it is decorations or sealing cracks with patching materials.

Final Words

Asphalt is a natural material with remarkable physical properties making it the best material to pave your driveway. Depending on use and maintenance, asphalt driveways can last up to 20 years. However, it is desirable to clean the driveway with a powerful spray hose every six months to keep it intact. Also, make sure you seal cracks with patching materials. Stir your mind to creative enthusiasm and make your own asphalt driveway decorations!