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Resurfacing Driveways: Paving the Way for Smooth Driving

Make your the surface of your driveway more attractive and functional by paving or resurfacing your already paved driveway.

Posted in Driveways over 14 years ago, 0 replies

A rocky road is only truly best as an ice cream flavor. As a driveway, it equals cracks, mud puddles and uneven walking. Paving your driveway can eliminate these problems as well as make your home aesthetically pleasing. Imagine the value add to your home and property when that dusty ‘ole jagged site where you used to park your car ibecomes a clean and smooth redbrick driveway.

Regardless of what type of paving method you choose, upgrading from an existing driveway or installing a new one will improve the overall look of your home's exterior. People seldom neglect the condition of the home's exterior because the interior is immaculate. No, one normally makes his or her first impression of your home based on the look of the driveway.

There following are types of materials you can use to resurface your driveway:

ASHPALT

An blacktop or asphalt driveway is one of the least expensive types of pavement material. Thus, asphalt is the most often used pavement material for one's home. However, being one of the least expensive materials should by no means be considered a sign of being least in quality. In fact, an asphalt driveway that is well maintained will last for many years. You can extend the life of asphalt driveways by applying sealant every year or bi-yearly.

The optimum time to apply sealants is in hot, dry weather. But sealants lack importance if the slope of your driveway is not correct. The appropriate slope for your driveway is one that allows for good drainage. Good drainage means that inclement weather issues such as snow and freezing rain will properly run off your driveway. If snow and rain does not run off properly, water will freeze on your driveway's surface and can cause significant cracking in your pavement.

CONCRETE

Another popular pavement material used in paving driveways is concrete. Concrete is a mixture of sand, gravel, pebbles, broken stone, cement and water. As with asphalt, concrete driveways will last for a number of years without cracking if well maintained. Concrete is slightly more expensive than asphalt, however. But a great number of finishing effects are possible with a concrete driveway. Acid staining, embedding, etching and coloring are just a few of the methods used to finish concrete.

In addition the smooth slab technique, concrete can be used to pave your driveway in blocks. Molded concrete blocks, or pavers, are laid in bedding sand similar to the way brick is laid. Concrete blocks come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures. They are easy to maintain and offer wonderful drainage. As for design, concrete blocks / pavers can give your driveway an "old world" appearance. Your new concrete driveway could mimic the roads and streets depicted in Charles Dickens novels!

BRICK

Brick makes a beautiful driveway. The color of clay bricks ranges in its selection of warm, earthy tones and it is completely natural. Because their color is natural, meaning not chemically dyed like concrete blocks, clay bricks do not have a problem with fading. And brick driveways are easy to repair. Due to how bricks are installed, you can remove an individual brick if it is damaged without having to resurface your entire driveway.

You should also note that there is a distinction between "brick" bricks and "paving" bricks. Only paving bricks should be used on driveways. Unsuitable bricks used to pave driveways often fail by flaking or disintegrating during inclement weather conditions.

STONE

Driveways paved with stone blocks create the ultimate look of luxury. And depending on the look you yearn for, you can craft a beautiful stone driveway by mixing and matched blocks. Stone blocks come in a multitude of colors, rich textures, patterns and shapes. A good stone driveway should be sturdy. Fieldstone and slate will fracture under your vehicles' weight. You should use granite instead.

TAR AND CHIP

Seemingly a modern concept now, tar and chip pavement surfaces were once widely used. In fact, tar and chip surfaces have been in use for well over 100 years. Nearly every highway in the America before 1935 was made out of tar and chip pavement. It is an inexpensive paving technique that has been tested over time, and is log lasting.

Tar and chip pavement resembles blacktop in its composition. These types of driveways have a distinctive feature in that it can repair itself if a small crack develops. For example, in hot weather asphalt cement can flow into the crack. Loose stones help to hide this imperfection. Tar and chip driveways are less expensive than all the other kinds of pavement surfaces. But you can expect a tar and chip surface to last you about eight years to 10 years.

MIX AND MATCH

Just remember that you don't have to follow any rules. Have fun with your driveway; it's yours. Just like the interior of your home, the exterior should reflect your personal style. You can let your own style come through by mixing different types of pavement materials you admire to create your look. You can pave your entryway with stone blocks, pave your basketball court with concrete blocks, and pave your driveway in brick. Whatever you do, take the time to examine all the pavement possibilities before you make your final decision. Remember, your driveway gives people their first impression of your home.
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Tar and Chip help....please!!!

I just purchased a new home with a driveway that didnt look like normal blacktop......i noticed the street in front of my house and thought....hmmmmm, this looks like my driveway, except my driveway has fine pebbles/stones in it and is not as course.

From there.....I found your website and discovered the tar and chip description. I'm thinking that is what i have. Do I need to resurface this driveway and with what type of material?

Thanks for the help!

 

Scott

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Home owner

I was told that if you apply blacktop over an existing blacktop driveway with large cracks you will have cracks in the same location a year laster. Is this correct?
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