Questions And Answers About Asphalt Paving For The (New) Homeowner

Posted on: 17 March 2015

When you're building a new house -- or redoing the house you currently live in -- it can be easy to get lost in the piles of drape fabric and the numerous pots of paint and forget to take care of the outside of your home. However, the landscape surrounding your house needs just as much thought and attention put into it as the guest bedroom, or the high-tech powder room you've been spending all your time on. If you're totally stuck on the pavement outside your house and need a little help knowing how to get the ball rolling, then here's what you need to know.

What exactly is asphalt paving?

Asphalt paving is one of those conveniences you don't notice until they break down, and you're left scratching your head. Simply put, asphalt paving is mineral aggregate that's been mixed with asphalt and layered to create roads, sidewalks, and driveways.

Okay, so what are the benefits of asphalt paving?

There are lots of benefits to installing asphalt paving around your home. Asphalt tends to last a long time and is easy to repair. It's also much quieter to drive on than concrete or chip-sealed roads. Asphalt paving is also extremely common, meaning that you won't have a hard time finding a paving contractor to either install the paving or to fix it once it's been worn down by years of use and weather.

But what are some of the downsides of asphalt paving?

There are a few downsides to asphalt paving, though none are terribly awful. Asphalt's dark black color doesn't look near as uniform as the light grey concrete, and can crack when put under extremely cold weather conditions, when it gets wet for long periods of time, or when damaged by frost heaves

Is there anything that can prevent these damages from occurring?

Absolutely. Making sure that the immediate reach of the soil you're about to have the paving installed on is stable and free of groundwater is an important step toward making your paving last a long time -- after all, like with your home, the best way to build paving is to start with a solid foundation.

After that, keeping up with cleaning the ditches around the paving and taking care of small cracks by sealing them with crack sealer can definitely help to keep the paving pristine. While your paving contractor will do all the heavy lifting with preparing the ground and installing the paving, it's important that you keep an eye on the asphalt, to make sure it looks as good as the day it was poured.

For more information, contact paving contractors in Nanaimo.

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