Asphalt Driveways: The Pros, Cons & Cost To Get One

An asphalt driveway can be a durable investment if you take good care of it. The great thing about asphalt is that it is flexible, which means it can handle a lot of weight without developing cracks. In this article, learn about the pros, cons and cost to get an asphalt driveway constructed by a professional.

What are the Pros & Cons of an Asphalt Driveway?

One of the pros of having an asphalt driveway is that you won't have to worry about scaling and cracking during freezing weather. When water freezes and expands on your driveway, the asphalt will expand right along with it because it is not hard like concrete. The flexibility of the asphalt can also prevent cracks that are sometimes caused when soil shifts under pavement like concrete.

A few of the other pros include:

  • Deicers won't cause harm
  • More affordable than concrete
  • Can last if small cracks are sealed fast enough

The biggest con of having an asphalt driveway is the possibility of large cracks developing when rain freezes. However, the cracks will only become a problem if you already have small cracks that were never repaired. What happens is the water seeps inside of the small cracks and freezes. The pressure from the frozen ice leads to the small cracks getting larger.

A few of the other cons include:

  • Ultraviolet radiation can make asphalt weak
  • Untimely repairs can lead to extensive damage

You will find that the pros outweigh the cons of an asphalt driveway. Basically, you can prevent the cons if you make sure small cracks are sealed as soon as you notice them.

What is the Price of an Asphalt Driveway?

The cost for a professional to construct an asphalt driveway depends on the size and complexity of the job. For instance, a flat driveway will be less expensive than one that is being constructing on a sloped piece of land. You can expect to pay an average of as little as $2,300 for a new asphalt driveway. The price can go as high as an average of $10,300 for a more complex job.

You will be satisfied after investing in an asphalt driveway. The driveway will not only give you a place to park your vehicle, but can add appeal to the exterior of your home. Get in touch with an asphalt contractor (such as one from AFS Construction Services) to set up a date for your driveway to be constructed!