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How Calling a Contractor Changed My Life

This might sound completely crazy, but the most important call I ever may was to a construction contractor. I can remember the day as if it were yesterday. I had decided to rebuild parts of my home. This involved removing part of the roof, knocking down a brick wall and removing some electrical wires and water pipes. I started out just fine but then I started to have problems. I realised I was in out of my depth and decided to call an expert. The contractor who came around was great and he quickly fixed up the mess I had made. Since that day, I have had a keen interested in construction contractors. I hope you like this blog.

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Asphalt Driveways Are Convenient and Cost-Effective Solutions for Your Home

Many homeowners choose to finish off their driveways using asphalt. Asphalt driveways are popular because they're aesthetically appealing, affordable and flexible solutions. Asphalt is primarily composed of bits of rock, sand, and asphalt cement. They're also commonly referred to as black top driveways, tarmac or macadam driveways. Asphalt is a popular substitute to concrete because it is more flexible to heating and thawing cycles.

Understanding more about asphalt driveways can help you choose the best material for your driveway in the long run.

Installing an asphalt driveway

Asphalt driveways can be installed in a relatively short amount of time, typically in 1-2 days. Choosing the right contractor can be the difference between a high quality and an average job.

During the installation process, the surface of the driveway is first leveled and cleared of dirt and debris that may destabilize the base. A gravel base that is highly compacted and has a height of 4-6 inches is then laid in the driveway. A layer of asphalt that is 2-4 inches thick is then placed on top of the gravel base.

The driveway is finished off by a roller that properly levels the installed materials to achieve a clean and smooth finish. After about 6 months, a sealing coat is applied to prevent the components from falling apart due to external conditions (such as rain, snow, etc.).

Lifespan of asphalt driveways

Most asphalt driveways will last for a period of 12-35 years, depending on the conditions they are subjected to. A good quality installation carried out in average climate conditions will get the best life out of an asphalt driveway. T

he lifespan can also be extended by proper maintenance techniques. The driveway should be cleaned at least twice a year by using a hose spray to eliminate dirt and debris. In addition, a seal coat should also be placed every 2-5 years.

   Why choose an Asphalt driveway?


Asphalt driveways are more affordable to install compared to other similar materials such as concrete. In fact, asphalt driveways can be installed at a fraction of the cost of concrete.

More resilient to adverse Weather

Asphalt shrinks and expands according to outdoor temperatures. This makes the material flexible for adverse weather conditions during the year. Other materials, such as concrete, crack under extreme temperature fluctuations.

Aesthetic appeal

Asphalt driveways can be designed to maintain a sharp, clean, black look to your driveway. This keeps your curb looking new and attractive to residents and guests alike.

Easy to install

The installation process is fast and efficient, only taking 1-2 days. Once the material has been laid and leveled, the driveway can be used almost immediately.