At one time, paving contractors only used asphalt for streets and parking lots. Its use for residential driveways was rare. However, asphalt is a durable material — one of the few that can withstand regularly driving a car over its surface. So, homeowners started asking for asphalt driveways.
Well, according to Asphalt Magazine, asphalt has become even more popular because it can be colored, which rejuvenates areas that otherwise lack visual interest. Consider the following situations to help you choose the color of your asphalt driveway.
Choose Black Asphalt
The standard black asphalt driveway can look attractive in certain circumstances. Black makes a good complementary color for a white or otherwise light-colored house. A flat, black surface would look sharp leading up to a modern-style house. You can also add decorative elements, such as stone or bricks, to add beauty to a black asphalt driveway.
Choose Red Asphalt
A red asphalt driveway could convey different appearances. Paving contractors can install a bright red asphalt driveway, which would be an eye-catching complement to your house. They can also use a brick red asphalt. Combined with stamping, your driveway would resemble the high-end material. Even without the stamping, a brick red driveway would look elegant.
Choose Beige Asphalt
Believe it or not, asphalt material can get as light as beige. In fact, the color can range from taupe to light wood. For the lighter colors, the paving contractors might use an asphalt overlay or sealcoating. Either way, a beige driveway makes a nice, neutral lead-in to your house. What's more, most colors of beige will convey some warmth to your yard.
Choose Brown Asphalt
A brown asphalt driveway shows a lot more depth of color than beige. It still has some warmth in its undertones, but its profile is stronger in your yard. A brown driveway would be ideal for houses that feature wood in their façade. Like black asphalt, a brown driveway would look good with other decorative elements, especially natural stone, for the border or apron.
Choose Multiple Colors
In addition to the above colors, the contractors can also mix in additives that make asphalt green, blue, white, and yellow. If you have a long driveway, you might consider a driveway with a design in different colors. The contractors can even make a medallion in the center of your driveway. This type of driveway will definitely provide a talking point in the neighborhood.
Talk to your local paving contractors about the asphalt colors they offer.
To learn more, contact a resource like New England Paving.