If a strict maintenance and sealing schedule is adhered to during the life of an asphalt driveway, they can last for several decades. They are typically rated to last between 10 and 30 years.
Maintaining a consistent sealing schedule on an asphalt driveway is essential to keep it from prematurely deteriorating. Asphalt driveways require re-sealing every two to three years. Sealants can cost around $5 per five-pound bucket which can cover up to 400 square feet of asphalt driveway.
Asphalt driveways are relatively easy to maintain; they can be swept with a broom and rinsed with a garden hose. Taking proper care of an asphalt driveway can greatly increase its lifespan.
Older asphalt becomes more prone to cracking, so it is increasingly important to take care of the driveway as it ages. Cracks should be immediately dealt with as they can lead to bigger problems.
Compared to other materials such as concrete, asphalt is a relatively inexpensive material for driveway paving. Having professionals pave an asphalt driveway can cost a consumer between $1 and $5 per square foot, which includes materials and labor.
Asphalt driveways are comprised of around 20 percent gravel or sand and 80 percent carbon. Because the surface of asphalt is so dark, snow melts quicker than it does on driveways made of concrete and other materials.
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