To Pave Or Not To Pave With Asphalt? Pros And Cons Of Replacing Your Gravel Driveway

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If you currently have a gravel driveway, you may be considering replacing it with an asphalt driveway. Below are some pros and cons of an asphalt driveway when compared to gravel so you can determine if this is something you should do.

Pros of an Asphalt Driveway

Weeds

You likely have weeds growing up through your gravel driveway on a regular basis. It can be difficult to keep up with them, and pulling them every day becomes a chore. Installing a paved driveway will stop all weeds, so your driveway will look much better.

Car Wash

If you wash your car at home, it will save you time and money if you wash it on an asphalt driveway versus a gravel one. This is because driving on gravel stirs up dirt and dust and causes your car to become dirtier faster.

Longevity

On average, an asphalt driveway can last you up to 30 years. A gravel driveway would not last near this long.

Cons of an Asphalt Driveway

There are also some cons of replacing your gravel driveway with an asphalt one including:

Style

If you consider the color and style of your driveway, asphalt only comes in black. This means it may not compliment the color of your home and landscaping.

Heat Damage

If you live in a climate that has very high temperatures in the summer, an asphalt driveway is susceptible to damage. This is because when the asphalt heats, it becomes soft and pliable, which can cause marks and indentations.

Cost

According to CostHelper, it can cost anywhere between $2,300 and $10,300 to install a new asphalt paved driveway. This is far more expensive than gravel, and even if you have to bring in new gravel at times. This cost does depend on how large your driveway is, as well as the company you hire to install it.

Maintenance

An asphalt driveway has to be swept to keep debris off of it to keep it looking nice. It also needs to be sealed every few years, and if any holes develop, they must be fixed immediately with an asphalt repair mix or by using an asphalt patch. This is important, as the holes will become much larger over time. The only maintenance required with a gravel driveway is to bring in more gravel from time to time to fill in any low spots that will develop.

Contact an asphalt driveway company such as Northern Asphalt LLC to learn more about this type of driveway to help you make a choice.

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