If your driveway has large gaps where the grass has grown through cracks, has lots of damaged concrete, and driving on it is difficult, it's time to invest in an upgrade. When budget is your main concern, an asphalt driveway to replace the old badly damaged concrete driveway is a smart option.
The asphalt will provide a great-looking and robust driving surface and be manageable and easy to maintain over time. Here are a few things to consider, and important details as to why you should choose asphalt as your driveway material of choice.
Durable Through Weathering
Asphalt is a very durable driveway, which is ideal if you live in an area where there are extreme temperature changes during the year. If you have temperatures that are freezing, and then temperatures where it's hot, this can take a toll on a driveway. Unlike concrete, asphalt will:
- Contract in cold weather to avoid cracks
- Expand in the warmer weather as needed
- Withstand impact without fracturing
- Not have cuts where water can fall in and turn to ice and expand
This is one of the most flexible driveway materials available, so if the cracking and damage with your current driveway are from weather and shifting, choose asphalt instead.
Easy to Coat and Repair
A flaw in concrete will require extensive repairs. The area will have to be jack-hammered, removed, then poured again, and it may not ever match the existing concrete. Asphalt davits, holes, cracks, or other blemishes can easily be fixed by applying more asphalt.
Every few years you will want to have the asphalt sealed, so it maintains its color and smooth surface. You can also apply a new surface if you need to if you have a lot of problems.
Asphalt is also a product that is completely recyclable. This means that someday in the future the entire driveway can be recycled and reused, so it's a very ecological product. It also doesn't pollute the planet.
If you are ready to get a new driveway, talk with local asphalt paving companies about the costs and the application. Get more than one estimate so you can compare and see the different costs, and then plan a day to have it all done. This is going to make the house look a lot better, and then you're going to have a smooth driving surface to come in and out of your property.