There comes a time for every home when a driveway replacement is at hand. Just like every other component of a house, the driveway is no different; it will eventually become too old and too broken down. For the typical Maryland home, asphalt and concrete are the two main options for driveway materials. While concrete driveways have numerous perks, the benefits of an asphalt driveway can’t be beat.
Asphalt is budget-friendly. It is a tried and true material used for everything from highways to parking lots, but it is still perfectly affordable for the average residential property as well. Concrete driveways may contain different patterns and colors, but asphalt can cost half as much and still give your home the durability and curb appeal it needs.
Asphalt driveways will last for decades. However, one will require some maintenance. One should look out for cracks that form in the pavement, as they can collect water, which will expand the cracks as it freezes and thaws in winter. An asphalt pavement crack filler would be the answer. You should also seal the driveway once every few years to keep the surface smooth, clean, and safe from UV rays, oil spills, de-icers, and dirt. Concrete driveways also require sealing.
There’s a reason why you can expect asphalt to hold up so well, especially with routine maintenance. Asphalt consists of granite, stone, and sand aggregate and a petroleum-based binder. An asphalt installer will put down multiple layers for a firm foundation and smart drainage. Although this material does not last forever, it will sustain heavy loads and rough weather for years.
Smooth First Impression
There are many practical benefits to an asphalt driveway, but there is also an aesthetic one. Some people prefer the smooth, simple, dark appearance of an asphalt driveway. Concrete could remind some people of ugly sidewalks or industrial zones. The smoothness of asphalt also makes it easier to clean and seal. Because it is black, it will naturally melt ice and snow faster as it soaks up the sun’s rays. At the end of the day, asphalt is a simple but beautiful driveway material.
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