So you’ve finally decided to switch the material of your driveway to asphalt but the problem is there’s been concrete put down already. You may be considering paving over your concrete driveway with asphalt but are unsure whether or not this is safe. While many concrete roads actually have asphalt paved over them every year, this method is not without its pros and cons. Here are some of the common questions and things to look out for when you pave over a concrete driveway with asphalt!
Is it Safe to Pave over an Existing Driveway?
While it is safe to pave over an already existing driveway, it’s not a perfect process. Due to concrete having expansion points that asphalt does not, over time concrete will shift. This causes things such as cracks to appear on your asphalt. Despite this, it’s still possible to quickly repair these problems due to the easy maintenance of asphalt.
Does Concrete Serve as a Good Base for Asphalt?
Because of how sturdy and strong concrete is no matter what is poured over it, it will serve as a great base! As mentioned before concrete does expand so it’s recommended that if you do decide to let concrete serve as the base, that you should install paving fabric covers over the expansion points. Overall, while having a driveway completely made of asphalt is sturdier, paving over concrete with asphalt is still strong.
What are the Benefits of Asphalt Paving?
It Is Smooth
Asphalt provides a more uniform and smooth surface. This promotes rolling resistance against your tires. It also decreases rough, uneven surfaces that cause things to feel uncomfortable and bumpy.
Paving your driveway with asphalt can increase its overall durability. The material is designed to be flexible and withstand occasional overloads of weight with no serious damage.
Asphalt is far quicker and cheaper than other materials on the market. In addition to this, things such as repairs can also be performed in a cost-effective manner.
When it comes to curb appeal, having a fresh clean driveway goes a long way. Maintaining the driveway will give your building a professional and attractive appearance before the front door is even opened.
Have More Questions?
You can count on Walt’s Paving to complete your residential or commercial paving project in an efficient and timely manner. We have over 40 years of experience paving asphalt driveways, making asphalt repairs, and seal coating asphalt. We are located in Osceola IN and service homeowners and businesses within 50 miles of Elkhart IN. If you have any further questions regarding our services, do not hesitate to contact us today.