The idea of asphalt tends to bring up roadways and bike trails. If you are considering having your driveway poured, you may overlook this material option. Before you do, there are some benefits of asphalt paving for your residential driveway that you should consider. Here are a few of those benefits and how they can affect your home and curb appeal over time.
One of the main benefits that many homeowners consider is the ability to utilize the driveway sooner than with concrete options. Concrete needs to cure which can take several hours to days depending on the type of concrete used and the weather conditions. Asphalt can be placed and used within a few hours making it ideal to have placed in the morning and use by the afternoon. This cuts down on any issues that having the driveway placed would cause the family such as parking issues.
If you do have an issue with asphalt, the repairs are fairly easy. For example, if you manage to get a hole in the asphalt, new asphalt can be put in the hole and the hole filled in. This is something an asphalt contractor can do with simple asphalt paving techniques. A concrete driveway option could end up cracking around the hole, needing a full section removed and replaced. You may also have to worry about water damage and cracking with a concrete driveway that you would not need to worry about with asphalt. Asphalt maintenance is also easier than a concrete maintenance and cleaning. For example, there are products that help you remove oil and debris from the asphalt with a simple spray on application and water rinse. This may not be the same for concrete depending on the maintenance issue.
When you have a concrete driveway, and your car leaks oil or other fluids, it can stain the concrete. These stains are not easily removed and can degrade the curb appeal of your driveway easily. An asphalt driveway soaks up the staining to the point you don't see the stains or spills. This means you can maintain the look of your driveway and curb appeal regardless of accidental spills or staining.
By keeping these benefits in mind, you can decide if asphalt is suitable for your driveway needs, environment, and weather conditions. If you are ready to move forward, contact an asphalt paving contractor for pricing and options. They can also help with scheduling for the driveway and questions you may have about the process.