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The Benefits of Choosing Asphalt for your Driveway

The general appearance of your driveway tells a lot about your home as well as your way of life. An inviting and attractive driveway offers a superb focal point for as people approach your home or just pass by. Also, a driveway that offers more curb appeal adds value to your property; therefore it’s imperative that you plan your driveway with utmost care. With asphalt as your choice of material, and some attention to design and installation, you can have a great looking driveway which will provide you with many years of service and a fantastic return on investment.

It’s imperative that you get a solid foundation prepared before the asphalt surface is laid. Reputable experts can help you prepare a good foundation which has the capability of withstanding fluctuations in temperature. Your choice of a good driveway depends on many factors such as your budget, your place of residence and personal preference among other considerations.

It is important to know that asphalt mixtures are available in many types, some of which are smoother on top than others. Some special types of asphalt are also colored. There are others which have been imprinted to look like paving blocks. It is prudent that you talk with your installation contractor and ask for the type with the characteristics which you want. However, not all contractors work diligently to provide customers with what they want, so it’s imperative that you get multiple bids from service providers and work closely with the one you have chosen for quality control purposes.

But what are the benefits of installing asphalt on your driveway?

  • The cost of asphalt is less than what it would cost a person to install concrete. The average cost of installing asphalt surface is $3 to $5 per square foot. Concrete pavement costs more than double this amount.
  • Asphalt cures quickly after installation. Curing: after the installation is completed, you can drive on asphalt surface almost immediately. You don’t have to wait for at least a week like in the case of concrete.
  • Asphalt requires more maintenance, but its much easier doing it. Holes and cracks which occur on these surfaces can be filled much easily.This is not the case with concrete surfaces.
  • Asphalt also shrinks and expands depending on the weather conditions. This makes it ideal for use all year round. Because of this characteristic, it doesn’t get damaged during winter.

Thousands of home owners in Australia and from around the world cannot be wrong by choosing asphalt as their premier option when working on their driveways. It’s a cost effective choice, visually attractive and can be customized to suit the exact preferences of a home owner. With an asphalt driveway, you can add value to your home and create an attraction for the people who come to your home as well as those passing by. Moreover, it’s a choice which is less costly to maintain and responds well to the weather condition. If you work with a seasoned asphalt contractor, there is no doubt that you will get real value for your money.

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