A correctly installed driveway will last for years. Whether you are getting a new one or replacing the old, there are a few different factors you should consider when investing in a new driveway. Different materials have attributes, and you want to choose the one that is right for you and your home. At RoadBuilders, we are experts in providing homeowners with the information and proper installation they need to get the most out of their driveway.
Owning your own house comes with different responsibilities. One that many homeowners aren't aware of, but is essential, requires regular maintenance of their driveway. There are different solutions available to homeowners that provide various benefits and if you choose wisely could serve you well. Selecting a surface material that is compatible with your location could save you thousands of dollars in maintenance fees and reduce the risk of damage to your home or vehicle.
The two most popular choices for driveway materials are solid-surface and aggregate surface. Which one you choose will depend on what is you need. Solid-surface would include asphalt and aggregate refers mostly to gravel laid drives. Unsure which one is right for you? That's where RoadBuilders can help. With years of experience applying different materials, we can advise you on how you can get the most out of your driveway.
Asphalt as a material is very durable and rates high amongst homeowners. The components include rock/stone and gravel which is very much like a gravel drive, but the most significant difference is the inclusion of a binder. In most instances, the adhesive is tar or another petroleum-based product. We've been laying residential driveways with asphalt for many years and understand the importance of proper installation. The application of an asphalt driveway begins with a compact granular layer to encourage water drainage. Next, the layer is topped with two to three inches of hot asphalt. The result is a smooth, stable surface. The benefits of using asphalt include:
Another reason homeowners love asphalt is it delivers a beautiful finish and enhances a home's curb appeal. It can withstand many harsh weather conditions and almost always outperforms concrete in this area. If damages were to occur, it's easier to fix asphalt than other solid-surface materials. With proper maintenance, your driveway will last for 10-20 years and will be easy to maintain.
mAINTAIN YOUR DRIVEWAY SEALCOATING
There are many benefits to sealcoating your asphalt driveway. Asphalt itself is a hard-wearing material, but the application of a sealcoat can extend the life for years. The two most significant threats to asphalt include water and UV damage. Asphalt pavement expands and contracts with the rising and falling of temperatures. If the material doesn't have a sealcoating, extreme temperatures can put pressure on it and cause cracking or warping. When the pavement splits, it allows for water to penetrate further into the foundation and cause more damage.
The best way to stop this process is using a coat. What this application does is protect the asphalt from water and sun damage making it last even longer. But there are more benefits. Sealcoating your driveway presents a more attractive look. The sealcoating is dark and rich which improves your home's curb appeal. An additional advantage includes slide protection which lends itself to safety.
Gravel can technically be defined as a new rock that ranges from 1/10 of an inch to 2.5 inches in diameter. However, it's not uncommon to find gravel drives have their stone mixed in with clay and sand to make the surface a bit smoother than just stone alone. At RoadBuilders, we are well-versed in laying a gravel driveway so you can maximize the benefits for years to come. To get the most out of the material, it's best to start with stripping the topsoil and placing down a geotextile. Next, the gravel is installed in layer starting with largest stones and finishing with the smallest stones.
The most significant benefit of laying a gravel drive is the ease of maintenance. The geotextile material is perfect for drainage which means the surface won't crack or warp temperatures change. Maintenance will require routine regrading, and it's advisable to pick weeds if they should appear. Our experts here at RoadBuilders are ready to help you achieve a durable and long-lasting gravel driveway. We offer competitive pricing to make installation affordable for you.
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We've been providing homeowners with durable driveways for over 20 years. Let our experts help you find the right material for your home, so you can enjoy your driveway for years to come. Contact RoadBuilders today and save!