It isn't without reason that most covered roads you've driven on are covered with asphalt. With its many superior qualities, asphalt is not only commonly used for public roads, outdoor courts and airports, but also for residential purposes.
So, what are these qualities? And why should you consider asphalt paving?
It's Environmentally Friendly
Asphalt is made primarily from waste products of oil production. Also, being 100% recyclable makes asphalt very environmentally friendly. You can also usually request recycled asphalt, which will be not only more environmentally friendly, but also cheaper.
It's Cheap And Quick To Lay
Asphalt is certainly one of the best value pavings to lay; it's usually much less than half the price of its main competitor: concrete. If you have a pre-existing concrete driveway, asphalt can usually be placed over it, otherwise you'd need to get the surface removed.
Asphalt laying can be completed and set within a relatively short time. After installation, you should be able to drive and park on the asphalt paving within a few days. Also, you'll often have an option between different types of asphalt laying techniques and characteristics, which have many different prices, colours and specialisations.
In addition, asphalt can usually be repaired without the help of a professional; there are asphalt repairing kits which you can buy at a relatively low cost.
Asphalt is usually much stronger than most other alternatives, such as gravel, concrete, or limestone. In addition, asphalt is usually less susceptible to cracking than concrete, both in mildly cold and hot conditions, as it is innately more flexible.
Asphalt generally needs to be cleaned only once a year. Also, asphalt usually only needs resealing every 3-5 years, and that's if the type of asphalt paving you've chosen actually needs it. Depending on a variety of factors, such as quality, usage, treatment, and climate, an asphalt driveway will typically have a lifespan of 12-35 years.
It's Aesthetically Pleasing
Having an asphalt driveway will likely help make your house look professional, especially more so than gravel or limestone. You can also generally choose between a number of colours to help your asphalt paving suit your home.
Asphalt is considered by some as much safer than many other alternatives, such as limestone, gravel, or concrete. Providing excellent traction with its imbedded stones, asphalt is not only relatively safe for cars, but also for people.
For more information, contact a company such as D & M Excavations and Asphalting Pty Ltd.