Perks of an Asphalt Pavement Driveway

An Asphalt Pavement Driveway is the Preferred choice for Driveway Surfacing

By Mark J. Donovan

There are many driveway types to choose from when planning a driveway installation. Asphalt pavement driveways, however, are the most common driveway type chosen by homeowners. Paving a driveway is not necessarily on the top of a homeowners list when moving into a new home. As a matter of fact, paving a driveway is typically one of the last things that is done when building a new home. In many cases homeowners purchasing a new home who are strapped for money elect to hold off paving the driveway until sometime down the road.

Asphalt Pavement Driveway Advantages

Asphalt paved driveways are very popular for a number of reasons. First and foremost they hold up for decades if installed properly and are maintained regularly.

Secondly, they are neat and clean looking if they are properly and regularly maintained.

Third, asphalt paved driveways are extremely smooth and can be molded into any shape during the installation process.

Fourth, asphalt driveways hide stains well compared to concrete driveways and other driveway types.

Last, asphalt paved driveways are extremely affordable to install compared to anything else but a gravel driveway.

Asphalt Pavement Driveway Maintenance

Asphalt driveways are made of aggregate stone and petroleum that when mixed, heated and compacted together form a strong driveway surface. Although strong, asphalt paved driveways, like any other driveway type, requires periodic maintenance if you expect it to last for decades. For example, an asphalt pavement driveway should be sealed upon the first sign of cracks or bulges. Moreover, 3 to 9 months after an asphalt paved driveway is installed it should be sealed for the first time.

Sealing a driveway helps to prevent water from seeping into the asphalt and causing it to crack when the water freezes.

Asphalt driveway sealant also protects the driveway from the ultraviolet light of the sun. Sunlight and heat can dramatically destroy an asphalt paved driveway. An asphalt driveway sealer also helps to prevent small seeds and plants from taking root into the driveway surface that in turn can crack the asphalt as the plants grow.

It’s also important to regularly remove grass from the edges of the asphalt paved driveway, to again prevent grass roots from penetrating into the asphalt and causing it to crack and crumble over the years.

Lastly, it’s important to take care when driving on an asphalt driveway during the hot summer months. For example, during hot weather vehicles should not be allowed to roll over the driveway edges as it can damage the edges. Similarly, under hot weather conditions, automobile wheels should not be turned on the asphalt pavement without the automobile moving. In addition, motorcycle kickstands should not be placed directly onto the asphalt driveway pavement on hot days.

Asphalt driveways have a number of advantages.

So if you want an affordable driveway that will last for years, and your willing to take care of it periodically, consider installing an asphalt paved driveway.

For more help on Asphalt Driveway Paving, see’s Asphalt Driveway Paving Bid sheet. The Asphalt Driveway Paving Bid Sheet will help ensure that your hire the right contractor so that your driveway is paved correctly and you get the finished driveway you are looking for.

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