Think About Using Asphalt For Your Driveway

When you are having your new house built, there are a number of things that you need to arrange to have done. One of those things is to figure out what you are going to have your driveway made out of. There are a lot of materials that driveways can be made out of. One of those things is asphalt. 


This is a conglomerate material. The sticky part of it is bitumen. Bitumen is a petroleum product, that shows up early in the refining process. It is a heavy, thick, sticky material. Then it is mixed with an aggregate, generally gravel or other materials. The bitumen holds everything together, while the aggregate gives everything body and solidness. Asphalt is generally laid hot so that the bitumen is more malleable, which allows it to be spread out. As the material cools down, it solidifies and becomes a hard surface you can drive on. There are asphalt patches that can be applied cold, but they don't tend to last as long as hot-laid materials do. There are several reasons why you might consider using asphalt as your driveway. 

Easy to Install

One reason is that asphalt is pretty easy to install. Once you have the surface prepared for your driveway, the paving company can come and install your driveway. They will lay the driveway and then make sure that it's nice and smooth and ready for you to drive on it. They will also seal your driveway at that time. It needs to be sealed to give it some extra protection. Asphalt is vulnerable to the oils and gas from your car because they are the same petroleum base. Sealing it on installation and on a regular basis will give your driveway the protection it needs. 

Easy to Patch

If you do end up needing to have some damage to be patched up, it can be pretty easy to patch. There are patch kits that you can buy at home improvement stores that will let you patch the problem yourself, but you may want to hire a paving company to come and handle any of the damage that may be on your damage, especially if there is a lot of damage. 

If you are trying to decide what kind of material you want to have your driveway made of, you might want to consider asphalt. It can be a really good choice for you and your needs. Contact a provider of paving services in your area for more information.