What is the best material for the driveway?

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After a long day at work, a business trip, or even a day filled with fun pulling into your driveway can immediately bring a sense of relief. As you pull in, it is a visual reminder that you are finally home and that no matter how good or bad your day has been, it is now time to unwind and relax. Your driveway should reflect the beautiful transition from the outside world to your comfortable abode. For this to happen, though, you may be wondering, “What is the best material for my driveway?”

The Best Paving Solution

Prime Paving & Seal Coating are residential and commercial paving experts that serve NC’s triad, the foothills, and Charlotte Metro areas. We have worked with a variety of clients over the past 61 years, and we feel the best paving solution for almost every driveway is asphalt.

Benefits of Paving with Asphalt

There are several benefits of paving with asphalt, and we want to share them with you so you can make a confident decision in what material to pave your driveway with.

Gravel vs. Asphalt

While paving with asphalt is not the cheapest option available, it is also not the most expensive. The most affordable solution for your driveway would be to apply a layer of loose gravel, but this is a temporary fix and by no means permanent.

Loose gravel is often used as part of a roadbed as the base layer, but without anything to hold it in place, it can easily be washed away, especially during heavy rains.

Asphalt is a permanent solution that will not wash away during inclement weather but can also be used to help divert water into proper areas for drainage.

Concrete vs. Asphalt

Asphalt costs less than concrete, which is an immediate benefit for homeowners. In addition to the lower costs, asphalt is more flexible than concrete, which makes it less prone to cracking. This is important for areas that have colder temperatures in the winter months. Concrete is more prone to cracking, and fixing it is not easy.

Conversely, asphalt can be repaired if cracks appear and the ability to repair them will prolong the life of your driveway. If a crack happens in concrete, the only way to fix it is to remove the block altogether and pour a new area of concrete.

Asphalt also sets up faster than concrete does so you can use your driveway sooner!

Additional Benefits of Paving with Asphalt

Asphalt’s appearance is sleek, clean, and modern. It immediately boosts your home’s resale value and adds curb appeal. The dark black color of asphalt also hides stains, unlike concrete, which will show them. The dark hue is also beneficial during periods of ice and snow because it preserves heat; therefore, melting frozen precipitation faster than other forms of paving.

Furthermore, paving with asphalt ensures you will have a quality driveway of upwards to 20-35 years with proper care and maintenance. However, the maintenance of your driveway needs through sealcoating is only required every 3-5 years.

As we stated before, repairing asphalt is easier than other methods, but there is another excellent thing about asphalt you may not know about. Did you know that if you feel the top layer of your pavement is looking shabby, it can be removed and a new coating applied? You can give your driveway a facelift at a fraction of the initial cost! Even if you buy a new home that has a paved driveway, you don’t have to remove what is there; you can work with whatever already exists. This gives the potential to save home buyers a lot of money!

However, when you do pave your driveway, be sure to hire a reputable contractor who is experienced. Not all paving companies are the same or have the proper equipment to handle all situations. Prime Paving & Sealcoating has been in business for over 61 years and is family owned and operated. If you are looking for a trustworthy contractor to help you achieve a driveway that is functional and beautiful, contact us today for a free estimate.

11 comments
  1. Michaela Hemsley
    Michaela Hemsley
    December 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that some of the benefits of an asphalt driveway is that it costs less than concrete and is also less likely to crack. My husband and I are thinking about repaving our driveway because the one we have right now is starting crack and we think it is bringing down our curb appeal. I think that asphalt would be smart since it would be less expensive while still being durable and would help our driveway and home look better overall which would be great.

  2. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis
    January 23, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    I was not aware that asphalt will cost less than concrete, which will help you to save money. My husband and I are thinking about remodeling our driveway, and we are looking for advice to help him. I will let him know about the benefits of choosing asphalt for our remodeling project.

  3. Conrad O'Connor
    Conrad O'Connor
    April 7, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    It’s good that you point out that asphalt is an extremely durable paving material. I want to get a driveway for my home that will last a long time, so I’m considering having an asphalt one installed. I’m going to look for a good provider of residential paving services in my area that can build an asphalt driveway for me.

  4. rachel frampton
    rachel frampton
    April 23, 2020 at 5:22 am

    I’ve been planning to have my driveway fixed because it consists of cracks and scratches already. It’s great to know that asphalt is cheaper and more flexible than concrete. I’m also glad to learn that just in case a crack appears on my driveway, asphalt can still be repaired, unlike concrete.

  5. ปั้มไลค์
    ปั้มไลค์
    May 16, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  6. Zachary Tomlinson
    Zachary Tomlinson
    June 15, 2020 at 1:29 am

    Thank you for helping me learn more about driveway paving materials. My friend is curious if there’s a way to make his driveway complement his modern home. I like it when you mentioned that asphalt paving can make his driveway look elegant and unique! I’ll go ahead and share this with him so he could consider it.

  7. SMS
    SMS
    June 15, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Thanks so much for the blog post.

  8. Fred Gibbons
    Fred Gibbons
    June 26, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    It’s interesting that you mention that an asphalt driveway can increase the value of your home. I want to sell my home in a couple of years, so I’m thinking about having an asphalt driveway built for it. I’m going to look for a good paving company in my area that can install an asphalt driveway for me.

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