When it comes time to have the driveway created for your new home, you may be wondering which type will work best for your needs. You can choose between gravel, asphalt, concrete, and pavers. Each different material has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, for the most part, asphalt offers the most benefits. Here are just a few you will experience when you have an asphalt paving company create your driveway.
Driveway Completed Quickly
While it might not be a determining factor, an asphalt driveway can be completed and ready for traffic in just a couple of days. If the weather is starting to get colder, making it difficult for any driveway to be completed, you will want it done as fast as possible.
When you have professionals install an asphalt driveway, it will be more durable than any of the other types. The driveway will not get pushed into the ground or pushed away like a gravel one, will not have weeds and grass growing up through it like it can when you use pavers, and because it is flexible, does not crack as easily as concrete. An asphalt driveway can last for many years.
Due to its flexibility, color, and the fact that it is not in separate pieces, asphalt requires very little maintenance. While it can crack as it ages, the cracks are easily filled. If you apply a sealant every few years, it can prevent cracks from forming if the asphalt becomes too dry. Since it is black, stains are almost invisible. You won't have to worry about a bit of oil or other liquids spoiling the look of the driveway.
Asphalt can withstand heat, cold, rain, and snow better than the other driveway materials. Even quick changes in the weather will not affect it. As an added bonus, the black coloring of asphalt, and the way it retains heat, will help melt snow and ice on it so you won't have as much to shovel to get your car in and out.
While it is possible to install an asphalt driveway yourself, it is best to let professionals do it. The most important steps for a good, durable driveway are in the preparation and foundation. Getting the proper depth and compaction of the underlying gravel is not something you can do well if you don't have experience. An asphalt company not only has the knowledge and experience; they also have the equipment. You would have to rent the equipment, and it would take you longer to get the job done, so in the end, the price to pay for the professional will be worth it.