Asphalt is one of the most cost-efficient materials used to pave driveways and roads with. Aside from the initials costs of paving an asphalt surface, there are other residual costs consumers should be aware of.
According to associates at Drivewaytips.com, the average cost of having an asphalt driveway professionally paved can be anywhere between 60p to £3 per square foot. Price estimates include materials and labour costs.
Sealant should be applied to asphalt driveways about once every three years. The sealant enhances the driveway's elasticity, making it less vulnerable to cracking. A 5-gallon bucket of asphalt sealant can cost anywhere between £3 and £13 and will cover an area of around 400 square feet.
Using the proper sealant on an asphalt driveway is critical to keeping the asphalt from degrading ahead of schedule. Other than regular sealing, a broom and a hose are all that is needed to sweep and wash the driveway when needed.
Since paving a driveway is a complex task that involves the use of heavy equipment, it is recommended that asphalt driveways be paved only by trained professionals.
Asphalt is more susceptible to cracking as it ages. Asphalt and concrete driveways can be resurfaced with asphalt but it should be noted that new surfaces will only be as good as the surface they are applied to. Cracked or warped driveways should not be resurfaced with asphalt until they are repaired.