When Should You Consider Resurfacing Your Asphalt Driveway?

If you own an asphalt driveway, it can last for twenty years or more when properly maintained. However, even this extremely durable material does eventually require replacement. Yet there are times when people think they need to replace asphalt when resurfacing would give them the results they desire.

Resurfacing Versus Sealcoating

While both resurfacing and sealcoating can make your driveway look like new again, there is a difference. Sealcoating is a preventive measure, not meant to fix problems but to protect the surface of the asphalt. Resurfacing is used to add a layer of asphalt over a structurally sound foundation, fixing some surface issues.

What Resurfacing Can Fix

Asphalt is damaged from pressure, moisture and other elements. The top layers can crack or crumble, or indentation can occur that can lead to water pooling. Resurfacing can fix many of these asphalt issues, giving you a new top surface that is level and looks like new again. However, it is only effective when the foundation is still solid and functional; resurfacing is usually only recommended if less than 30% of the total surface is cracked or damaged.

When Repaving is Necessary

Resurfacing is a good option when damage first begins to occur, but it cannot fix all asphalt surfaces. When the problems are at the foundation level or there is extensive damage to the surface, repaving may be needed.

If you are not sure what level of repair or maintenance you need on your asphalt driveway, contact a local asphalt contractor for an inspection. They can evaluate your driveway and give you options. Often resurfacing is a cost-effective solution that can add many years onto the life of your driveway and make it functional and beautiful again.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Difference Between Asphalt and Concrete Driveways

Are you considering paving your driveway? Two of the most popular options are concrete and asphalt, each with their own benefits. Both offer a durable, functional paved surface that is much more stylish and enjoyable than a gravel driveway. However, there are considerations when trying to decide which is the best option for your needs. Here are some basics on both driveway types to help you decide which is better for your needs.

Cost

If budget is your main concern, asphalt tends to be less expensive than concrete. However, both are less expensive than paver driveways. If you choose a stamped option, they can both cost more; but plain concrete and asphalt are both affordable, with asphalt having the edge for the budget-conscious.

Durability

Both concrete and asphalt can handle heavy loads; however, concrete slabs can be more likely to crack from extreme pressure. If commercial vehicles will need to drive on your pavement, it is best to discuss this with your paving company. Concrete can be reinforced to handle heavy loads, but asphalt is also a good choice.

Maintenance

Asphalt should be sealed every few years to protect the surface for maintenance, but beyond that, asphalt is easy to maintain. Concrete can be sealed, but it is not necessary. Cleaning both is easy, but concrete does tend to stain easier, which may require cleaning it more often.

Longevity

Both asphalt and concrete can last decades, with concrete having an edge in longevity. Most asphalt driveways need to be replaced or resurfaced after about twenty years; concrete driveways may need repairs, but can last over thirty years.

Concrete and asphalt run neck and neck with benefits. For longevity and low maintenance, concrete may be the best choice. For cost and durability, asphalt may be the winner. Talk to your local paving company to help decide which is best for your needs.

ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Comparing Four Popular Driveway Materials

Are you paving your driveway? There are many options available to create your new surface, each with its own pros and cons. The right surface depends on the style you want, your budget and other factors. Here are four of the most popular paving materials for driveways to help you make your decision.

Asphalt

For driveways, asphalt is an economical and durable paving material. Asphalt can last for over 20 years and is less expensive than most other options. However, it does require sealcoating every few years for maintenance.

Concrete

Concrete is another economical solution for paved driveways. Although it more expensive than asphalt, it is still less expensive than bricks or pavers and offers a durable, long-lasting surface.  Concrete can last up to 30 years, but repairs can be more expensive than asphalt.

Pavers

Pavers come in many varieties, from man-made concrete pavers to travertine and tumbled marble. Pavers can create an elegant and unique driveway, with many pattern and style option. Maintenance is also simple, and repairs are easy as pavers can be replaced if needed. However, pavers are more expensive than concrete or asphalt.

Bricks

A brick or cobblestone driveway has a classic and stylish appearance, making it a beautiful way to pave your driveway. Maintenance is light and like pavers, individual bricks can be replaced when repairs are needed. However, brick is one of the more expensive paving options, but it can add value to your home.

Regardless of the material you choose, a paved driveway is a great asset to your home and can add value, convenience and style. Talk to your local paving contractor to learn more about these options and which would best suit your needs.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-018

New Driveways: Choosing Between Asphalt and Concrete

If one of the projects on your list for this spring and summer is paving your driveway, you may still be stuck on what material to use. Most homeowners either use asphalt or concrete, the two most affordable options. While both are excellent choices and will be a great improvement over a gravel driveway, there are pros and cons to each.

Pros of Asphalt vs Concrete

Before making a choice on your paving material, consider the positive aspects of both asphalt and concrete:

  • Asphalt. The main pros of asphalt are the initial and maintenance costs. Asphalt is usually less expensive to install, plus is cheaper to repair. In colder climates, asphalt can often hold up better to freezing temperatures than concrete.
  • Concrete. Many people prefer concrete due to its flexibility. The pros of concrete are that it can be stamped or colored, giving you options in your design. In addition, concrete usually will last longer than asphalt and doesn’t necessarily require sealing.

Cons of Asphalt vs Concrete

Once again, both asphalt and concrete have their benefits; they both also come with their specific drawbacks:

  • Asphalt. Asphalt driveways do need sealcoating every few years as part of their ongoing maintenance. Asphalt also has a shorter life than concrete, usually lasting approximately 20 years if maintained.
  • Concrete. Concrete can be twice as expensive as asphalt, often putting it above some homeowner’s budgets for a new driveway. Repairs can also be more expensive down the road.

Both asphalt and concrete will give you a beautiful, smooth driveway that’s a joy to park and drive on every day. It comes down to your personal preferences and the budget you have to spend. Either way you go, you can benefit from added value and convenience to your home.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

 

Five Reasons to Pave Your Driveway in 2015

Tired of your old gravel driveway? Why not add a new paved driveway to your New Year’s resolution list for 2015? If you’re having trouble justifying the added expense of this particular home improvement, consider the benefits that a new paved driveway can offer. Here are five great reasons to make the investment in a new driveway surface for the New Year: 

  1. Add value to your home. A paved driveway is not a wasted investment. Homes with paved driveways are more desirable, increasing the value of your home. If you are considering selling your home in the next few years, this is an excellent home improvement project.
     
  2. Curb appeal. Let’s face it: a paved driveway is much more attractive than a dirt or gravel driveway. Whether you use asphalt or concrete, a paved driveway adds a touch of class to your home’s appearance.
     
  3. Convenience. Tired of getting a rock in your shoe or stepping in a mud puddle when getting out of your car? Nothing beats a paved driveway for convenience when getting in and out of your car.
     
  4. Easy maintenance. Believe it or not, paved driveways are easy to maintain. While gravel driveways need constant raking, leveling and filling, paved driveways are simple to maintain. Periodic sealcoating or crack repair will be needed, yet not as often as most gravel driveways need maintenance.
     
  5. Function. A paved driveway is smooth to drive and park on, functioning better than any bumpy gravel driveway. Once you switch to a paved driveway, you will wonder why you waited so long to make the investment. 

Make 2015 the year you upgrade your driveway to a paved option. Talk to your local paving company to discuss whether an asphalt or concrete driveway will be best for your home and budget.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 731-1722