As a home or business owner, the time may come where you will need to install a new driveway or repair an existing one. Choosing asphalt over concrete is potentially one of the most important improvements you can make, but you may be wondering how long this improvement will last.
Asphalt is an extremely durable material, however, the longevity of this material will depend on several external factors, including: the composition of the asphalt itself, the quality of the installation job, the local climate, and how well the material is maintained over time. When properly installed and cared for, an asphalt driveway can last anywhere from 15 to 35 years!
To get the most from your asphalt driveway, it is important to work with contractors who use asphalt from a reputable manufacturer to ensure a high quality and durable material. Proper installation is vital for the lifespan of your driveway; the foundation should be compact and the end result should be graded and sealed so rainwater and other naturally occurring substances do not pool on top of the asphalt. Climate also plays a huge factor in the wear and tear on asphalt; wetter climates will soften and break down the asphalt, whereas extremely hot climates can cause the asphalt to crack.
Now that you understand the external factors better, what are some of the factors within your control that can help extend the life of your asphalt driveway?
- Avoid allowing oily substances from vehicles to drip onto the driveway as they break down the material in asphalt.
- If you are in a hot climate, keep the asphalt cool by spraying with water on extremely hot days.
- In cold climates, use special winter salt or a brush to remove snow and ice to avoid scratching the upper surface of the asphalt.
- Repair any cracks or chips that you notice as quickly as possible.
By following these simple steps, you can expect your asphalt driveway to last well over 15 years. If you are ready to repair or install your asphalt driveway, our qualified team at Epic Paving is here to provide the expertise you need for a durable and long lasting asphalt driveway.