You’ve almost undoubtedly heard the phrase “new year, new me” before. But what about “new year, new driveway?”
If your driveway is in rough condition and you’ve been considering repaving for some time, why not make that part of your New Year’s resolution? While there is going to be an initial expense associated with the upgrade, you’ll be glad you made the investment when you consider just how much longer resurfacing your driveway will make it last and how much more aesthetically pleasing new asphalt is than an old, cracked surface. While you can repave with new concrete, there are some benefits of choosing asphalt over concrete. Here are just a few examples of asphalt driveway benefits in Washington:
- Cheaper: One of the biggest advantages asphalt has over concrete is that it is much less expensive to install. All homeowners are going to have a budget for their job, and you can save money by choosing asphalt over concrete. Of course, the price of the job shouldn’t be the only factor you take into consideration when making your choice, but it’s still a big factor you’re going to want to take into account. Plus, when repairs and maintenance are needed, you’ll find asphalt also costs less to repair.
- Simple repairs: Speaking of repairs and maintenance, the repairs made to asphalt aren’t just cheaper—they’re also almost always easier. When you need to make repairs to an entire asphalt driveway, you’ll generally only need to repave the top layer, because the base and middle layers are permanent. Compare this to concrete, which needs to be completely pulled up if the surface gets too many cracks or holes. You then need to redo all layers, not just the top layer. In this way, asphalt will last up to 30 years with lower maintenance requirements than you’d get with a concrete driveway.
- Material advantages: There are certain characteristics of asphalt as a material that make it a better option over concrete for some people. Asphalt driveways take less time to install, and they also cure almost immediately after installation, whereas concrete takes much longer in both phases. Once it’s time to replace the driveway, you can recycle asphalt material much more easily than concrete, which can be difficult to remove and recycle.
- Appearance: Appearance is a much more subjective consideration than the other items on this list, but it’s still something to factor into your decision. Concrete contains cement, which means concrete pavement generally has a more industrial look, as opposed to a welcoming residential appearance. Asphalt provides a nice, smooth, warm appearance that can flow much better with your exterior designs and landscaping. While there aren’t many colors to choose from with regard to asphalt, you can find special tints and finishes as well.
For more information about the various advantages that come with using asphalt for your driveway, we encourage you to contact Jimini Paving today. We’d be happy to provide you with more details about asphalt driveway benefits in Washington.
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