How Long Will Your Asphalt Driveway Last?
One of the first questions that many people ask when looking to transition to an asphalt driveway is how long an asphalt driveway will last. It is a reasonable question given the overall investment. This typically results in confusion, however, due to the complicated nature of the answer. While it would be ideal if they were able to receive an accurate number, many factors go into the overall lifespan of an asphalt driveway.
The Lifespan of an Asphalt Driveway
First, making the decision to install an asphalt driveway is a great choice. If it is installed by a professional that knows what he or she is doing, your asphalt driveway should last you a good 25-30 years. If the asphalt is an overlay and is, once again, installed by a professional, the lifespan will range from 10-15 years. With that being said, the lifespan of an asphalt overlay depends on the condition of the pavement that resides underneath said overlay. There are times when a contractor will refuse to apply an overlay; this is typically due to extensive damage of the concrete underneath or a drainage problem. Until the damage or drainage problem is resolved, an overlay cannot be applied. All in all, in order to extend the length of your asphalt driveway, maintenance is important no matter what option you choose.
Increasing the Lifespan of Your Driveway
When it comes to maintaining an asphalt driveway, you have two options: do it yourself or have a professional do it for you. If you are the DIY-type, an asphalt driveway requires the application of a sealer every three years. This is not only to keep it looking nice. Over time, small cracks can occur in your asphalt. Filling these cracks in ensures that your driveway with last. Further, it is beneficial to have your contractor come out annually to inspect your driveway. He or she will look for any problems and will recommend solutions. While annual visits may not seem necessary, it is important if you want to maintain your asphalt and keep it in pristine condition for years to come. Just as you would make it a point to maintain your car regularly, the same rule of thought applies to your driveway. Problems are cheaper to fix when they are caught early.
If you are looking for quality constriction material, Tigard Sand & Gravel has you covered. Give us a call today at (503) 692-1800 to see how we can meet your construction material needs.