Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt, it has stick-to-itive-ness

Cost drives nearly every decision made. It may be true that if you have to ask how much something costs you probably can’t afford it, but to not be concerned over what something will cost is unreasonable. So in deciding if asphalt is for you, first ask yourself; do you want to invest in your future by adding value to your home?
Well why would anyone say no to that?

With the decision made to asphalt where do you go first? You are here! Asphalt costs of course vary depending on where you live, how far the contractor must haul the asphalt, how deep or thick you will need it to be, how good of a base you already have or need.

Starting with the base. A good solid sub-base that is level, (except of course if you are on a hill), contoured slightly to the outside so that when the asphalt is laid water will not puddle, and have no pot holes, or if there are pot holes the need to be filled and compacted so they do not cause new pot holes in your new asphalt.asphalt driveway

The asphalt it’s self will cost, as per Cost Helper between $2 and $5 per square foot. Always, when doing a project around the house pencil in the larger amount to your budget. You will save some hair pulling out times if you over budget instead of under budget a project.

Asphalt is a combination of crushed aggregate, (gravel that is washed and sized to about 1/8” or smaller), sand and an asphalt cement. All mixed together off you site at an asphalt plant and delivered to your site hot and ready to be laid. At the plant a number of different things to strengthen the asphalt can be added. Fibers are one of those additives. The stronger mix of asphalt you buy the longer it will last. According to buildingjournal.com good asphalt driveway should last approximately 20 to 25 years if maintained every three to four years with a good sealer.

TIP: Ask your contractor if he recommends adding anything to the basic asphalt. If he is worth his fee he should be able to school you in the additives available, what they are and if they would be beneficial to you. Not to just up sell you so he can make more money, but to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck!

In laying down asphalt, two layers are most desirable. If your driveway is used by heavy vehicles like boats, RVs or some of the really big heavy duty pick-ups, you might consider having your contractor add cement asphalt to your base first. This will give more strength to your driveway and the bond between the base and the two top layers will be more durable to carry that extra weight. Kind of like putting good insoles in your shoes for a cushion.

Always-always do some research on who you hire to do this type work, or really any home improvement. Never assume just because someone is listed on the internet, in the phone book or even on the bench at your bus stop or train station, that they are licensed, bonded, insured, guarantee their work or even know what they are doing.  I recommend asphalt driveway repair be completed by Asphalt Service Utah.

Get references. Check for yourself that their license is up to date. Probably the most important thing to remember is that a handshake is a handshake, a deal is a deal, but a written contract with everything you can think to write down is written out, is like writing something in stone. It will last through many trials—and not just the trials of your patience!

Author: William McGahan

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