Paving your driveway with asphalt is an obvious choice; it looks great, lasts long, is way cheaper than pretty much all the alternatives and it's a tried and trusted material that has withstood the pressures of car tires for as long as there have been cars and tires. We're the pros when it comes to installing new driveway paving so if that's what you're thinking of and you're in or near Nashville Tennessee, then pick up that phone and call us in right now to give you a full assessment and a quote for your new, beautiful driveway.
Asphalt vs Concrete
We're often asked about whether a driveway should be paved with asphalt or with concrete and there are pros and cons for both. The reasons for asphalt are that it is cheaper than concrete (as little as half the price in some cases), it's more flexible than concrete and less prone to cracking and that includes the risk of seasonal damage. Plus it is possible to make some DIY repairs to asphalt using sealant that you simply can't do with concrete. So we think there's good reason to opt for asphalt over concrete. Call us to find out more.
Paving Over Old Paving
There are a number of options when it comes to asphalt paving, including removing the old paving or simply paving over the top of it. Paving over the old driveway saves time and money as long as the original is structurally sound and the increase in height of the driveway isn't going to interfere with curbs, drains, and other drive side features. If it's not possible to use the old driveway as a base we may yet be able to reuse it by recycling. Then we lay a level of aggregate before pouring asphalt over that to create a beautiful and solid new driveway.
Pouring asphalt is fast when it's done by the pros but while it may look like a finished job in under an hour there are still some time considerations. Because we take our asphalt application seriously we don't consider the job done until we've compacted that asphalt to ensure its hardness and even then we recommend a couple of days to let it fully harden before driving heavy loads on it.
Best Time to Pave
Certain jobs can be done year round but since hot mix asphalt is only really workable over a certain temperature the colder it is the less time we have to do the job at hand. Temperatures over sixty degrees make it a whole lot easier to work with the material before it cools to the point where it can no longer be shaped so Spring and Summer are the traditional times to plan your paving. We can establish how much time we need to complete a job when we conduct our assessment and the thicker the asphalt layer being applied the longer the workable time so we have ways of working around the temperature issue.