What is the Best Asphalt for my Residential Driveway?

Grand Rapids Driveway Paving

Is the structure of your home driveway starting to crumble, crack, or show other signs of stress? If the damage goes beyond what can be effectively repaired, you may want to consider hiring a West Michigan asphalt company to repave your driveway.

Residential asphalt driveways usually last up to 20 to 35 years. However, this doesn’t mean that they won’t have to be eventually replaced. When repairs are costing you more in the long-run than just a replacement would, give us a call for a free estimate. At A-1 Asphalt Inc, we do quality work so you can expect your new driveway to last you for another 20 years.

Below are the different types of asphalt so that you can make an informed choice for your newasphalt driveway.

Porous Asphalt

Porous asphalt is usually used for parking lots to reduce the amount of storm water that goes into the local sewer system. Porous asphalt is great for the environment because it helps direct rainwater into the water table instead of being routed immediately into the sewers.

Homeowners can also benefit from porous asphalt by using this material for their residential driveways. For example, if you live in an area that receives a lot of rainfall, installing a porous asphalt driveway can reduce some of the stress put on the sewer system during times of flooding.

Warm-mix Asphalt

For the best results, we highly recommend having your asphalt driveway paved during the spring or summer. The higher the temperature outside, the better. In the state of Michigan, this can limit your timeframe for having a new asphalt driveway paved for your home. However, warm-mix asphalt can help expand the acceptable timeframe. That way, if your driveway’s condition severely worsens, you don’t have to wait until late spring to get it replaced.

Warm-mix asphalt is kept at a significantly cooler temperature than traditional asphalt (usually 50 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit cooler). This difference in temperature helps the asphalt become better compacted and increases its potential of being recycled.

Regular Asphalt

While regular asphalt may not be porous or ready to pave during the months where the weather is starting to cool, there are still many advantages to asphalt over other paving materials. For example, unlike concrete, asphalt is easier to repair and can even be resurfaced if the damage isn’t extensive.

If you are interested in our residential asphalt driveway paving service, please feel free to call our Grand Rapids residential paving contractors at (800) 871-4401. We are your West Michigan asphalt solution.