What’s the first thing people notice about your home? In many cases, it’s your driveway. A clean, nice-looking driveway adds curb appeal and helps make your home look neat and tidy. Nobody knows this better than Tucker Paving.
So what first impression is your driveway giving? If it’s old and cracked, with grass coming up, it can make your home look unkempt. Consider laying down a new asphalt driveway to give your home an instant facelift.
Asphalt is a perfect choice for driveways. It’s strong and durable, it can withstand freezing and thawing, and it’s not as rigid as concrete, allowing it to flex and give with slight settlement or heaving. It’s easy to repair, and it’s cost-effective. There are even porous options available to allow water to drain into a subgrade reservoir.
There are different mixes of asphalt available. It’s a mix of stones and sand with liquid asphalt cement. Varying sizes of aggregates are carefully mixed in exact proportions with asphalt cement that has been heated and liquefied at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This hot mix is plated on top of a prepared base or subgrade. It cools and hardens quickly.
If you’re building a new home, now is a great time to make sure you are getting the asphalt driveway you want. However, asphalt can be a great replacement for an old, cracked driveway. In many cases, the asphalt can be laid directly over the existing driveway.
A word of caution: If a contractor stops by your house with “extra” asphalt leftover from another job and offers to pave your driveway for a bargain cash price, skip it. The asphalt will have already cooled to a point where it won’t be good for laying down, and you probably won’t be happy with the result. Plus, you want to know whom you are doing business with, and this wouldn’t allow you time to research the company. Play it safe and get your asphalt done on your schedule with a company you trust.
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