In the United States, asphalt is the most common material used on roads and driveways.
There are multiple reasons this is the case; it all comes down to the properties of the material, as well as the ease of use when laying down the surface. Paving with asphalt will reduce the amount of time on site by the pavers, which in turn reduces your cost when it comes to labor. Asphalt is commonly referred to as “black top” for obvious reasons, and is also the least expensive hard surface material used for driveways.
Black surfaces absorb light and retain heat which is useful in a snow prone region as it accelerates the melting process. The material in itself is extremely pliable, able to expand and contract depending on temperature, yet it is still strong enough to withstand years of use which is one of the reasons that it has widespread use.
Typically the time it takes for the installation process of an asphalt driveway depends on the size of the property and the stability of the base. An average asphalt driveway installation can take from one day to one week based on these factors. It can take 1-5 days, depending on conditions, to allow the surface to cure enough for a vehicle to drive on it.
With proper installation and maintenance, an asphalt driveway will last 20-30 years making it a worthwhile long-term investment. A poorly installed driveway will hardly last 5-8 years, so you can really see the value in having the job done right. It cannot go without saying that hiring a contractor with extensive experience with asphalt paving is highly recommended.
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