A top-notch asphalt paving job requires attention to certain conditions like drainage, sub-grade and base. Your blacktop driveway should have positive drainage, a strong sub-grade soil and a gravel base ranging from 6-10 inches thick. These tips increase the quality of a blacktop and asphalt paving job and its maintenance over time.
If you want to make sure your blacktop driveway lasts for 20 or more years, then you might want to get some great information from the many blacktop product associations that exist. Often these are state level and many states have one.
Blacktop is a great material to use if you want a blacktop driveway. But not all contractors are equal. Some do great work at installing blacktop, while others do a poor job. To get a great job done on your blacktop driveway, you better know the right questions to ask.
Blacktop or asphalt installation over concrete can be very successful. But, consider an alternative - concrete overlays. You can do this yourself or have a contractor make your driveway truly unique with stamped and colored concrete.
Asphalt driveways will lose their flexibility if not properly sealed. Flexibility helps asphalt driveways to resist cracking. Asphalt sealers need to be applied within the first year and then whenever the blacktop begins to wear.
Tar and chip driveways are similar to blacktop but have some different features. The blacktop can repair its own small cracks and the gravel provides great traction. The look can be unique with the color of gravel you pick.