Asphalt Driveway Service
Having a driveway that’s in good shape is crucial for coming and going from your home. You want to make sure the surface is even and level and that the apron is wide enough, and that everything is free of holes and cracks. There are many different types of driveway installation. For those that want something simple and effective, we at Orlando Driveway Repair offer asphalt driveway installation.
What is an Asphalt Driveway?
Asphalt is seen everywhere, but is a driveway the same as a roadway or parking lot? The answer is yes.
An asphalt driveway is a type of asphalt paving that’s used for roadways, parking lots, and driveways. This surface offers superior durability as well as the ability to be repaired or patched without significant repairs needed.
The asphalt will also last longer than concrete surfaces, which are prone to cracking and wearing down over time. Having your asphalt installed by Orlando Driveway Repair ensures you’ll have an even driving experience with no bumps in the road.
How Does Asphalt Work?
Asphalt is often thought of as being black, but it actually comes in different colors such as reds, browns, grays, yellows, and blues, depending on how much air content there is at installation time. The most common color is black, but asphalt is a mixture of sand, aggregate (stone), and asphalt. This mix gives the asphalt its durability properties and makes it a solid investment for not a lot of money.
The most common thickness for an asphalt driveway ranges from three to six inches thick, with some types being as thin as one inch but more likely less than two inches thick. The thicker the asphalt, the heavier it will be to move or install, so take this into consideration when deciding how deep you want your new surface installed.
The Advantages of an Asphalt Driveway Over Other Options
Asphalt has a number of advantages over other types of driveways. Compared to stone paver driveways, asphalt is far more affordable. It’s also quicker to set asphalt into place, and it requires less maintenance than a concrete driveway or brick driveway does. Asphalt is far easier on the environment as well; when asphalt is used for your new surface, it means you’re not using harsh chemicals like coal tar.
Asphalt also doesn’t crack as easily as concrete does. With asphalt, cracks are more easily patched and repaired than with concrete driveways. Asphalt is also great for those who live in an area that gets a lot of snow.
Brick, stone, and concrete driveways also have to be sealed regularly. Asphalt doesn’t need any sealants or treatments.
How is an Asphalt Driveway Installed?
The first step of the installation starts from removing all existing materials such as dirt, gravel, paving stones, etc., then grading the area and compacting it before laying down a layer of sand on top, followed by hot tar that melts into the sand creating an even surface for asphalt.
Once the initial preparation is completed, it’s time to move on to the asphalt itself. The asphalt is mixed with a liquid like water, oil, or even recycled asphalt and then sprayed onto the sand/tar surface in an even layer that’s about ¼ inch thick before it starts cooling down.
An asphalt driveway will typically last for 20-30 years without any upkeep required, so if you’re looking for inexpensive and low maintenance, this might be your best choice.
As you can see, there are plenty of different driveway options out there. However, if you’re looking for an affordable option that will last a long time without a lot of work, then an asphalt driveway installed by Orlando Driveway Repair is an excellent choice.
Contact us today and let us get started building the driveway you’ve always wanted.