Ever wondered about the ins and outs of your asphalt driveway? Asphalt paving is made from heated stone aggregate. When heated, some of the aggregate melts, holding all the tiny stone and sand pieces together. When the mixture is laid in the paving process, it appears as tar, a dark black substance which is sometimes also referred to as blacktop when cooled.
Asphalt driveways have become the norm in North America. But did you know that originally, driveways were most commonly made from concrete? You may wonder why the change in practice from concrete to asphalt? It was found that asphalt driveways are much more durable and flexible and therefore longer-lasting. Asphalt has the ability to adapt to the different seasons and the elements they bring with them, which means something significant to the Canadian homeowner.
Know the benefits of each type of drive way material. The nature of asphalt offers a variety of benefits to your driveway and your pocketbook. First, it is flexible and durable as mentioned above. It also has an absorptive quality, allowing it to absorb more heat in the summer months. It’s also less expensive than your other options, including the less appealing concrete mix. While other options may be more appealing, it is possible to create a decorative look by imitating cobblestone or brick by stamping the asphalt and colouring the mix. Finally, an asphalt driveway can give your home or workplace the look that you, your family, friends or clients will respect and enjoy.
It’s critical that your driveway is both cost-effective and easy to maintain. Finding a reliable service company is important for this reason. Take the time to do so now and save yourself time and money in the years to come.
Making repairs is possible. Is the driveway or parking lot you own beginning to crack and crumble? Although asphalt is durable and flexible, extreme temperatures and heavy vehicles can cause fissures which demand fixing. If you find there is a problem, from potholes to faded yellow lines, repairing your pavement will keep everyone safe. Plus, your asphalt driveway or parking lot is more than just a space to drive on. It presents an image to your guests. Because of this, it’s worth putting thought, and maybe even a little money, into.
You can also keep your asphalt paving up to par and avoid complete re-dos by engaging in maintenance activities including routine resealing and occasional upkeep such as washing stains with dish soap and water. Washing and resealing will protect the smoothness and the shine of your asphalt.
Wondering about asphalt driveway costs? You could always find a company that offers free home visits and quotes. That way, you could discuss the best options for your home or commercial space with an expert and get all your questions answered before the process begins.
Feeling confident about any decision regarding your asphalt driveway and walkway is important, as its outcome will affect the confidence you have in your home or workplace.