Whether you are replacing an old, faded and cracked driveway or installing an entirely new driveway, there are many options you’ll need to consider when it comes to driveway paving. Worldwide, asphalt is one of the most popular options for residential driveways, but just like anything else, it also has its drawbacks. So it’s up to you to consider whether asphalt will be your pick!
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of asphalt driveway paving.
- Asphalt is an aesthetically pleasing way to introduce some curb appeal to your home.
- Because it’s a flat, even surface, it’s easy to clean up and sweep away dust, debris, or fallen leaves and twigs as the seasons change. It’s excellent drainage (considering it’s installed correctly) also makes it easy to hose it down a few times a month to clean.
- Asphalt is actually quite environmentally friendly because it can be recycled. So all the asphalt that gets lifted during a driveway removal and replacement, is later turned into new asphalt.
- The process of installation or creation of asphalt doesn’t release harmful emissions of gases into the air.
- Because the asphalt has some flexibility, it can take plenty of wear and tear before you’ll see signs of severe damage or weathering and require a replacement.
- The drainage of asphalt means that water will drain through it, and down into the ground underneath. So rainwater or water from washing your car will sink into the ground, without having to worry about puddles.
- Asphalt driveways require maintenance every 2-5 years in the form of seal coating. A good seal coat ensures the surface is waterproof, protected against the effects of weathering and chemical leakage from vehicles.
- Asphalt driveways will need a deep clean at least twice a year. Use a stiff bristle brush and some soapy water or a pressure washer to clean it, alongside, of course, your regular monthly maintenance of a simple sweep and de-weed!
- When cracks and holes develop, make sure to get on them as soon as possible by contacting your driveway paving experts at Richmond Blacktop to patch them up.
- Asphalt has a curing time of about 3-12 months, meaning that during that time, it’s softer and easier to damage.
- It can fade from that brand new black colour to a light grey as the sun damages it.
If you are still on the fence of whether to go for asphalt or concrete for your driveway, feel free to get in touch with us. We are looking forward to working with you on your driveway paving project!