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Benefits of an Asphalt Driveway

by غزل موسوی

Like concrete, asphalt consists of sand and gravel, but it uses a different binding agent. While concrete uses cement to tie everything together, asphalt uses tar, a petroleum byproduct. Another similarity between these two paving surfaces is that they may be used to create a residential driveway. While concrete is a common choice, asphalt is less so. However, you should consider the following benefits of asphalt.

Attractive Dark Hue

Asphalt creates a dark grey-black driveway that presents an attractive contrast against green lawns and foliage. Charcoal is a colour that, in particular, tends to highlight the greenness of vegetation, so it will make your front garden pop. On the other hand, pale grey concrete can look insipid and doesn't provide the same spark. Dark asphalt also harmonises with many external wall colours, including cream, red, and light grey.

Minimalist Aesthetic

Asphalt also has aesthetic benefits over pavers. Asphalt is clean and minimalist, not covered with joint lines. So it will help to create a clean kerb view that's not overly busy. A house might be covered with brickwork or have a complicated roof structure with multiple ridges and gullies. It may have decorative external shutters or canopy awnings. An asphalt driveway will provide the perfect smooth foil, a rest for the eyes, so the first impression of your home from the street is not too fussy.

Seamless Repairs

Another benefit of asphalt is that it can undergo multiple repairs and patches that look seamless. Thus, if the surface dries out and develops potholes or cracks, they can be filled to smooth the driveway. Conversely, crack repairs in concrete are trickier and can often be more noticeable. Asphalt is less likely to sustain major cracks in the first place, as it's a more flexible material than hardened concrete. Thus, earth tremors and movements that may cause significant cracks in concrete may only cause minor damage to asphalt.

The tar within asphalt can dry out over time as it's exposed to oxygen, which can encourage cracking. So make sure to seal the asphalt every few years or so or as often as your asphalt company recommends. Looking after the driveway by repairing and resealing it will ensure it lasts as long as possible. You can even resurface asphalt with a new layer to make it look brand-new again.

Quick Curing

Asphalt is also quicker to cure than concrete, so you'll be able to use the driveway relatively soon. Thus, you won't be inconvenienced for as long by the paving installation. Additionally, asphalt can be cheaper, allowing you to save money.

Contact an asphalt company in your area to learn more.