Spring and summer are the most popular time to buy or sell a home. When you are getting your home ready to list, one of the first things you need to consider is the curb appeal. If your home appeals to buyers from the minute they turn down your street, you will be ready for a quick (and profitable) sale. One essential aspect of curb appeal is your residential driveway – it should be clean, safe, and in great condition. Here’s the how and the why of giving this very important aspect your focus.
A residential asphalt driveway is more affordable to install than concrete, and is better able to handle the extreme temperature fluctuations. This is because asphalt is a petroleum product, and is therefore more flexible. A properly installed asphalt driveway will be as durable as a concrete surface, but at a lower cost.
If you complete the recommended preventative maintenance, your residential asphalt driveway will last anywhere from 12 – 35 years depending on installation, climate and usage. This long lifespan makes asphalt driveway installation a great investment. Like most elements of your home, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last.
An asphalt driveway is easy to install. It can usually be laid in one or two days, and ready for use in only another day or two. Concrete typically takes twice as long to lay, and takes up to a week to cure before it can be used.
Simple, Affordable Maintenance
Once your new driveway is installed, proper maintenance is required to keep it in good condition, but luckily it is also quite easy. Cracks should be sealed as soon as possible using asphalt sealants, and sealcoating should take place every 3-5 years to maintain the best look and function for your driveway. At least six to nine months should pass after installation before sealant is used.
Safer Winter Walking
One of the only limitations to an asphalt driveway is that black is the only color option. This dark color comes with a significant benefit, though. During the long winter, ice and snow will melt quickly, leading to easier snow removal and a safer walking surface.
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