Your driveway may be the first impression a visitor has of your home. An attractive one adds curb appeal, monetary value and personal pride.
- INSTALLING A NEW ASPHALT DRIVEWAY IS STAIGHT-FORWARD. Plan the foot-print and be sure to obtain a recommendation on the foundation; the proper gravel base is critical to the longevity of your investment.
- CONSIDERING AND OVERLAY VS A REPLACEMENT REQUIRES SOME DISCUSSION. Yes, it possible to overlay an existing driveway with another layer of asphalt. But depending on the situation, there can be drawbacks. If you are leaning toward an overlay, seek out a couple of expert opinions on your project. Determine your expectations for the pavement and consider the following:
- Existing damage, whether cracks or broken up asphalt, will penetrate the new layer in time.
- Drainage may become an issue when an additional 1 - 1 1/2 inches of new asphalt is installed over the existing surface.
- MAINTAINING YOUR ASPHALT DRIVEWAY IS ESSENTIAL. The more you care for it the longer it will last. The real cost of a driveway is measured over its useful lifetime. Follow the tips we provide and your maintenance expenses will be far less than installing another new driveway sooner than expected.