What are the advantages of using asphalt for your driveway?
If you have decided to build a new driveway you may be choosing between concrete or asphalt. If you have always wanted your home to be complemented with brick driveway designs or cobblestone walkways but have always found it too expensive, then asphalt may just be the answer. There are a few benefits to using asphalt such as its weather resistant properties, its flexibility, the ease to repair any possible damages and its cost.
You can design your very own specific driveway to suit your needs and style. Asphalt is available in a broad range of patterns, colours and custom configurations. Asphalt provides a great alternative to brick and stone driveways but without the disadvantages that these materials can bring.
Asphalt driveways are more weather resistant than concrete driveways. If you live in a cold climate, like the UK, asphalt is the preferred material as it can contract and expand without sustaining damage. Driveways made from concrete will often crack when exposed to the elements. In extreme weather when ice forms, you wouldn’t be able to use salt to melt it as this will affect the concrete.
If any damage occurs to asphalt, it can be easily repaired. You can also easily use emulsified liquids or solid cold- patches to repair any cracks yourself. Asphalt is extremely durable, it resists cracking and lifting, which can be a common problem when using concrete for driveways. Concrete is also susceptible to water as it can seep through the seams and if frozen will cause the driveway to crack or lift. Asphalt is far more resistant to water, inspects and plants. These driveways are long- lasting, durable and will remain looking new for many years. Should the surface ever suffer damage in structure or colour, asphalt driveway repairs can be accomplished by simply re- heating and re- stamping the surface and applying a fresh layer.
If your driveway is on a slight or steep slope then asphalt is the preferred material. If you have a sloped concrete driveway, it may split from the foundation that it is poured on and this will cause the driveway to crack.
Asphalt driveways are also a low cost investment that will instantly increase your home’s curb appeal and therefore its value. You can design your driveway to suit your needs whether you want a contemporary brick feel or cobbled pathway.