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Asphalt Paving Pros and Cons

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» Construction - General


Overview

Published: 07/31/2018 by Home Pros Guide

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Whether you need to install a new driveway or replace an old one, asphalt is almost certainly one of the options you will consider. A properly installed asphalt driveway will perform much like concrete but at a much lower cost.

Here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether or not asphalt is a good choice for your driveway.

Pros:

Economical option. Homeowners appreciate the sleek appearance of an asphalt paving  at a lower cost than other surfaces.


Long lifespan. With proper maintenance, an asphalt paver will last anywhere from 12 – 35 years depending on installation, climate, usage and other factors. Like most elements of your home, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last.

Cons:

Style limitations. If style and color are a major consideration for your exterior landscape, an asphalt paver will present certain limitations. Although it complements the color and tone of most homes, black is the only option available for asphalt applications.


Required maintenance. It is recommended to clean  with a broom and power washer at least two times a year to remove dirt and debris. Seal coating  is required every two to five years and cracks and holes should be repaired as soon as possible.


Can be damaged during extreme heat. Homes located in warm climates may be susceptible to  damage caused by fluctuation in temperature – particularly extreme heat. When asphalt heats, it can become pliable and soft which causes indentations and marks.