Is An Asphalt Driveway Right For You?

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If you are building a new driveway, you want to get one that is going to last for a long time. There are all kinds of materials that you can choose to go with. One of those is asphalt. Asphalt is a sticky black petroleum product. When it's used for your driveway, it is mixed with gravel and sand. The asphalt is used as a glue to keep everything together. 

Application

Asphalt needs to be applied hot because it is a semi-solid product. Heating it up lets it become liquid and spreadable. Once it cools, sets, and is sealed, your driveway should be ready for use. 

Lifespan

If you are taking good care of your asphalt driveway, it has a lifespan that can last into decades. Taking appropriate care of your asphalt driveway can be pretty easy. You will probably want to clean it a couple of times a year. Cleaning your driveway doesn't require more than a stiff broom and strong hose. You will want to sweep any debris off the driveway and then take a strong hose and spray it down. You should also make sure that you get it seal coated regularly. The contractor who installs your driveway for you will be able to tell you how often that should be. You should also make sure that you get any cracks or holes patched as quickly as possible. If any water gets into the crack, it can make it larger and cut down the lifespan of your driveway drastically. 

Benefits

One of the benefits of an asphalt driveway is that it is flexible. That means that it can handle the expansion and contraction that temperature extremes can cause without sustaining a lot of damage, in most cases. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice in the winter, the black of your driveway can help to melt the ice and snow faster. That's because black substances absorb and hold heat better. That, along with anything that you may put on top, will melt the ice and snow from underneath. 

Drawbacks

One drawback to having an asphalt driveway is that you do need to have it seal coated every few years. The reason for the seal coat is partially because asphalt is a petroleum product and the gas and oil that may leak from your car can degrade the asphalt. 

Knowing the plusses and minuses of any driveway material can help you choose the right one for you. Contact a company like Northern Asphalt LLC to learn more.

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Decorating Your Pavement

After I began working with a friend of mine to beautify my yard, I realized that there was one piece of the puzzle that I seemed to be missing. My driveway and front sidewalk were in dire disrepair, and I knew that I needed to do something to make things right. I worked with a paving contractor to completely patch, refinish, and stain the pavement, and when he was done the area blended right into my design aesthetic. This blog is all about decorating your pavement by doing things like using concrete acid stain and hiring professionals to add decorative details.