A New Driveway: Two Factors To Consider

10 April 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

A new driveway adds immense curb appeal to your home. Driveways that are cracked and broken, peeling or faded affect how passers-by view the upkeep of your property. Even if your garage and the exterior of your home are freshly painted, if your driveway needs work, few people are going to be impressed. Remedy this situation, however, by updating the sorry state of your existing driveway. If you have this project on your to-do list, consider the following two factors before moving forward. These will ensure you get the best bang for your driveway buck:

Choice of Material

Concrete is a more traditional choice in driveway paving, but asphalt is more affordable. Both have their advantages and disadvantages:

  • Concrete takes longer to cure -- typically three to seven days.
  • Concrete has more of a tendency to crack over time.
  • It's more expensive to repair a concrete driveway.
  • Concrete offers a more up-scale appearance.
  • Your vehicle won't leave imprints on concrete on very hot days.

Alternatively, if you're considering paving your driveway with asphalt, you'll want to keep these factors in mind:

  • Asphalt is more affordable.
  • It cures more quickly -- usually within 24 to 48 hours.
  • It's less likely to crack over time.
  • Repairing an asphalt drive is cheaper.
  • Asphalt offers up a strong, unpleasant aroma as it's being poured.
  • It has a tendency to soften under extremely hot temperatures. 

Both materials will give you a stable, functional, and attractive new driveway. But you should weigh the pros and cons of each before deciding. 

Maintenance Involved

If you have your driveway paved by a professional paving contractor, its care and maintenance should be relatively simple. What you don't wish to encounter are pools of standing water either on or next to your new driveway. This can be a sign that the driveway was improperly graded and can result in more maintenance for you. Depending upon the type of material you choose for your driveway, a simple hosing off on occasion should be all you have to do. You may need to re-seal your driveway once every few years, and you may have to be careful about driving overweight vehicles onto it to avoid leaving impressions or otherwise damaging the surface.

Your new driveway will serve you well if you take time to research all you can about it first. Know what material works best for your lifestyle. Hire a reputable contractor. And provide proper maintenance. If you do these three things, your driveway will be an asset to your curb appeal for years to come. 

Go to sites about driveway paving for more information.