How long should an asphalt driveway last? This is one of the first questions that many potential clients are asking.
There is no set year on how long an asphalt driveway can last. There are many things that come into play to determine exactly how long your asphalt can last. Choosing to have asphalt laid at your home is an excellent choice and knowing what, when, and how to deal with asphalt can and will keep the asphalt driveway lasting for years.
When an asphalt driveway has been properly installed by a professional contractor, the asphalt will typically last 25-30 years. When a professional contractor does their job correctly and the homeowner does their part in taking care of the asphalt driveway, there is no reason your asphalt surface should not last 30 years!
If the asphalt driveway is an overlay and also installed by a professional contractor, then the life of this specific asphalt surface can last 10-15 years depending on the current condition of the original pavement underneath the overlay.
When new asphalt has been installed, the surface will appear black, but it can also carry a different finish in areas of the asphalt. The different areas are just different sized stones and sand distributed throughout the surface. The different appearance will not have any effect on the performance of the asphalt, it will still look great and provide endurance.
To keep the asphalt always looking great and providing durability, regular maintenance is required. If you don’t want to mess with the maintenance, the best option would be to contact the professional contractor who installed the asphalt driveway. They will gladly come out and do the maintenance for you. Some of the maintenance involved includes applying a sealer every three years to provide a nice looking asphalt driveway and longer coverage. Some minor cracks can form in the asphalt, but your contractor will fill the cracks, restoring the asphalt to appear as good as brand new again.
It is a good idea to have the contractor come out at least once a year to look over the new asphalt driveway. The contractor can make sure the asphalt driving is looking great and functioning properly. If there is a problem, your contractor will discuss your options. Always remember that if you take care of your asphalt, it will take care of you.
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