Asphalt has been around since the late 19th century and remains a popular choice for driveways and parking lots due, in part, to its durability, functionality and cost-effective installation. Asphalt paved driveways increase the value of your home, eliminate the mud, ruts and dust caused by gravel and process driveways, keep dirt and debris outside (protecting your carpets and other flooring surfaces), and provide excellent play surfaces for kids … and, yes, even dad! Asphalt will.
Unlike concrete, an asphalt paved driveway is both strong and flexible making it the ideal choice for colder temperature zones, such as the one in which we live, where perpetual freezing and thawing patterns occur. Asphalt surfaces allow for easy snow removal and are resistant to cracking from frost heaves. Asphalt can also be relayered, making repairs simpler and more manageable.
Asphalt driveway installation involves excavating and grading the desired site for proper drainage and to provide a suitable base course. A hot bituminous asphalt mixture is applied on top, compacted in place and cooled to finish.
An asphalt driveway will provide many years of use with little maintenance.