Paving your driveway or parking area can be a common property improvement to undertake. Homeowners will often automatically assume that concrete will be the best option, but this is often based on a few key misunderstandings about asphalt.
Myth: Asphalt Will Be Too Expensive for Most Residential Paving Projects
The costs of a paving project can be fairly substantial. However, a homeowner should avoid assuming that asphalt is always going to be substantially more costly than opting for concrete. In fact, the installation costs of asphalt pavement will be comparable to concrete, but it will offer some additional advantages. For example, asphalt pavement will typically be ready for use in a matter of hours while concrete can take weeks to cure.
Myth: Drainage Is Not as Important for Asphalt Pavement
As with any type of paved surface, asphalt surfaces will need to have good drainage. When these surfaces do not have good drainage, water damage can occur to the surface of the pavement. For example, the moisture can seep into the asphalt where it may be able to crack the asphalt or erode the soil under it. Installing a thorough and high-quality drainage system for the asphalt will be needed to keep water from collecting on it in a way that could cause this type of damage. This will often involve installing gutters along the sides of the pavement so that any moisture can be transported away. If the pavement will be in a low lying area, you will need to be especially diligent about protecting it from moisture damage as any rainwater may flow to this part of the property.
Myth: Asphalt Will Always Remain a Dark Black Color
One of the reasons that asphalt can be a popular option for paved surfaces is that it will have a rich black color that people find pleasing. However, this color will fade if steps are not taken to protect it. For example, the sun and rainwater could work to weaken the pigments in the asphalt. As a result, the asphalt will gradually become deep gray. Furthermore, this process will not occur evenly over the entire surface. Rather, it is likely to leave the asphalt appearing blotchy.
Sealcoating the asphalt is one option to prevent this type of problem from occurring with it as this can block the ultraviolet rays of light and stop rainwater from reaching the pigment. Eventually, this color will fade, but resurfacing the pavement can restore the rich color of the asphalt without having to replace the entire paved surface.
For more information, contact companies like ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co.