Many homeowners today are selecting asphalt paving for their home's driveway and even exterior walkways and patios, versus standard concrete. Asphalt has many advantages over other driveway paving materials and is often one of the most affordable options available for homeowners today.
The cost of an asphalt driveway typically averages between $2 and $7 per square foot and will depend on the property's current condition as well as the amount or thickness of asphalt you have installed. Various aggregates can also be added to asphalt's surface by asphalt paving companies, for increased traction or a more pleasing overall appearance, and these might also add to that cost.
Before you decide if the cost of hiring asphalt paving contractors is a good investment for your home, note some advantages of asphalt over concrete, how asphalt is maintained over the years, and how to determine the best amount or thickness of asphalt to add for your home's driveway.
What Are the Benefits of Driveway Asphalt Paving?
Concrete driveways are very durable and a popular choice for residential driveways, but note some advantages and benefits of asphalt as a residential paving material:
One of the primary benefits of asphalt as a residential paving material is that it typically costs far less to install than concrete. The darker color also offers some natural contrast to a white or light-colored home and your property's lawn and landscaping features. You can then forego the cost of having your driveway painted or stained when you choose asphalt as your driveway paving material.
Asphalt Driveway Cost Calculator
To figure your potential asphalt paving cost, you'll need to know the square footage of the area to be paved. An asphalt paving company will then quote you a price per square foot, but note a few variables and essential information to consider when calculating the cost of your new driveway installation:
The amount or thickness of the asphalt you have installed will also affect its overall cost, and it's good for homeowners to understand how to decide between a thin or thick layer of asphalt for their driveway.
Calculating the Thickness of an Asphalt Driveway
Most asphalt driveways are installed to a three-inch or four-inch thickness, which will provide an adequately strong and stable surface. A thicker driveway, up to five or six inches, can offer even more strength, an excellent option for heavier trucks, campers, and the like.
When deciding on the thickness of asphalt to have installed, however, remember that damaged asphalt driveway paving can usually be covered with a fresh coat of blacktop. If you opt for a very thick initial asphalt driveway installation, the number of times you can have a new coat applied might be limited. In turn, you don't want to assume that the thickest layer of asphalt is necessarily the best choice; leave yourself a bit of room with the initial installation for adding new layers throughout the years.
Why Sealcoat an Asphalt Driveway?
While asphalt is very durable and stable, it's good to have the material seal coated on a regular basis. Your asphalt paving contractors can tell you how often this work should be done to protect your driveway, but most homeowners find that seal coating is best done at least annually. Note why it's good to have your home's asphalt driveway seal coated as often as recommended by the installer:
Asphalt Driveway Maintenance
Whatever the cost of your new asphalt paving, you'll want to keep the material in good repair for as long as possible. Note a few quick tips for maintaining your home's new asphalt driveway, and be sure to ask your installer for specific advice that you might need to consider for your home's blacktop in particular:
It's also recommended that you examine your home's driveway on a regular basis, looking for indentations or skid marks, areas of loosened aggregate, spalling, or cracks and chips. Repairing even the smallest crack, chip, or pit along your new asphalt paving can ensure that the material is protected from unnecessary damage, and will also ensure that your driveway is always strong and stable and looking its best.