One of the most frequently asked questions from customers is, “How long should a newly paved driveway last?” Asphalt is the most prevalent type of driveway and the pavement that you are most likely to find installed at a new home. One prime reason for this is asphalt is typically the least expensive paving option. Nevertheless, the inexpensive cost does not translate into an inferior product. In fact, on average, an asphalt driveway will last 25 years. However, with proper maintenance, asphalt paving can last 30, 40, or more years.
All that said, even the best asphalt does not last forever. There are external factors that will diminish the hydrocarbon oils that ties the surface together. This occurs very slowly at first but becomes more rapid over time. This is the reason why contractors recommend that homeowners use a good seal coat after the driveway is fully cured. The aging process begins immediately after the freshly laid asphalt starts cooling.
As oxygen and water start to connect with the asphalt’s binders, there is a change that begins. This process is necessary for the asphalt paving to fully cure and make the surface hard. As time moves forward, if this change is not restricted, the deterioration will continue and the driveway will become brittle. Sealing your asphalt driveway can prevent moisture from penetrating and considerably decrease the rate of oxidation. Without this routine maintenance, most types of asphalt will lose a significant portion of its structural integrity after 10 years.
Today’s article addressed the question, “How long should a newly paved driveway last?” While the average lifespan is 25 years, different homeowners can expect radically different outcomes based on the level of care and maintenance. For the best results, apply a seal coat 90 days after installation, weather permitting, and another application again the following year. From that point on, seal your driveway every 2 to 3 years.
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