Asphalt is one of the most popular materials for constructing private driveways, pavements, and parking lots. Asphalt pavements are constructed with a mineral aggregate consisting of stones, sand and gravel all bound together with asphalt cement. Asphalt and concrete are the tow most popular materials for construction private pavements and driveways. However, asphalt offers many functional benefits to the homeowner than concrete. We will look at all the major benefits of putting in an asphalt driveway in this article.
Easy And Cheap To Install
One of the main benefits of putting in an asphalt driveway or parking lot is that it’s far much easier to install than concrete. A seasoned Anderson asphalt construction company will install your asphalt pavement or driveway in two days or less and it will be ready for usage in the next two days. In other words, you can be assured that an asphalt construction job will last less than a week for a typical home driveway. Concrete takes a longer time to cure and pour than asphalt.
Asphalt costs relatively less to install as compared to concrete. Concrete costs more than double to install on a typical pavement than asphalt. When it comes to budgeting concerns, asphalt is clearly the way to go.
Asphalt is far stronger and more durable than concrete. Comparatively, both asphalt and concrete are very strong construction materials but the former is more flexible than the latter. This means that after being laid down, asphalt sets well and is unlikely to crack like concrete. When installed in a very cold region, concrete is highly susceptible to flaking and disintegrating. Asphalt on the other hand is able to withstand flaking and cracking even in very harsh winter conditions due to its high flexibility.
Ease Of Maintenance And Repair
Asphalt pavements, driveways, and parking lots are far much easier to maintain and repair than concrete ones. After applying a protective sealcoat on your asphalt surfaces, you can be assured that they will last for a very long time. You are only required to sweep off any physical debris from the surfaces of your driveways and pavements once or twice a month and that’s all. During the winter season, asphalt absorbs more heats than concrete due to its dark color, which helps to melt surface ice more quickly. And if you notice any cracks or potholes on your asphalt driveways or pavement, you can seal or patch them with readily available sealants from your local hardware store. But if the cracks are far much bigger and serious, you should always consider calling a professional construction company for a more permanent solution.
Great Aesthetic Appeal
And last but not least, asphalt has a far much more appealing finish than concrete. Asphalt pavements and driveways have that darker rich color that enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home. The dark color of asphalt also helps to hide oil and gasoline spills in your parking lot and driveways. This helps retain the original look and beauty of your driveway even after many years of usage. Applying a fresh sealcoat every 2-3 years on your asphalt surfaces also helps to rejuvenate the physical outlook of your home.