Tuesday, July 21st, 2020


Asphalt is one of the more common materials used to make driveways, and understandably so. They can look incredible when they’re done well. They’re also not difficult to maintain and keep nice. Not all asphalt driveways are of the same quality, however. Weather during the construction process, the materials used, and the skill of the paver are all factors that impact the quality of your asphalt driveway.

Weather

The weather you’re experiencing during the construction process of laying an asphalt driveway can impact the quality of the final product. Laying asphalt works best in warm, dry weather. It’s important that conditions aren’t too hot, humid, cold, or wet. At best, this can negatively impact how long the asphalt cures. If newly laid asphalt is exposed to too much water, the materials will separate, ruining the top layer of the driveway. It becomes more susceptible to cracks and the formation of potholes. Your best bet is to find a week when the weather is ideal for laying asphalt for the construction of your driveway.

Materials

The materials used in the creation of an asphalt driveway also impact the quality of the finished product. There are different types of asphalt you can use to create your driveway. Each type has its own pros and cons, and its own uses it’s best suited for. The higher the quality of your base materials, the better your finished product is likely to be. Factors to consider when choosing your mix include how fine the gradation is, which impacts how smooth the driveway will be and how it sheds water, and the shape of the particles. Rounder particles may look prettier, but the more angular ones tend to result in a stronger end result.

Paver Skill Level

Of course, you can have perfect weather and the best materials, but if the person laying the driveway doesn’t have the skill level to match, you’re going to have an inferior end product. You could try to DIY an asphalt driveway, but unless you’re already accustomed to working with asphalt and are confident in your skills, it might be better to consult a professional. You should find someone who has generated good reviews for their work. They should have ample experience in laying asphalt driveways. Make sure they also have the education and skills required for the job.

Driveways impact your house’s curb appeal. You should have one that looks nice and functions properly. This means that the weather during the construction process was within an acceptable temperature and humidity range, the materials used were of good quality, and the person laying the driveway had the skills to do a good job. If these things all line up, your driveway should serve its purpose for years to come.

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