An Introduction to Asphalt Driveways

At Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Sacramento, CA, we know that the curb appeal of your garage really starts at the end of your driveway. A shabby, broken down old driveway can really detract from a beautiful garage door and home. If you’re considering a new driveway, you may have lots of questions about what kind to get. That’s why we’ve put together this introduction to asphalt driveways.

What Are The Components Of An Asphalt Driveway?

An asphalt driveway is composed of two main layers: a thick layer of granular fill, and a thinner layer of asphalt. The granular fill layer is about a half a foot thick and allows for proper draining of rainwater and other moisture. The asphalt itself is made up of rock, sand, and a tar-like material called asphalt cement that gives it that black color we all know.

Once the bottom layer is set, the asphalt is poured on while extremely hot. Before it can cool, it is steamrolled to compact it and give a uniform surface. Once cooled, it can immediately be driven on.

How Long Do Asphalt Driveways Usually Last?

As with every part of your home, the lifespan of your asphalt driveway is highly dependent on a few factors:

  • How well you maintain it
  • How much it’s used
  • The climate in your region

Lots of heavy vehicles driving frequently on the driveway will decrease its usable life. Extreme temperatures, ice, and snow will also wear it out faster. If you take proper care, your asphalt driveway should last you 12-20 years.

How Do I Take Care Of My Asphalt Driveway?

Believe it or not, cleaning your driveway twice a year with a stiff broom and a hose will greatly increase its life. Every couple of years, your driveway should be sealed by a professional contractor. This will help protect it against moisture, rain, and general wear and tear. It will also refresh the color of the asphalt, which will do wonders for the overall appearance of your driveway. Lastly, be sure to seal holes and cracks as soon as you notice them to prevent their growing.

What’s This Going To Cost Me?

Without trying to sound like a broken record, the answer to this question is, “it depends.” Your contractor will be able to give you a more accurate quote based on the needs of your home and family. In general, you can expect between $2-5 per square foot. This puts it right in the middle of the average cost of gravel and the average cost of concrete driveways.

New Driveway, New Door

Have you recently upgraded your asphalt driveway and now your garage door is looking shabby in comparison? It’s time to call Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Sacramento, California right away. We’ll gladly walk you through the process of finding the best new garage door to match your home. Our helpful phone representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.

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