Are There Different Types of Asphalt Used for Driveways?

April 18, 2022

Any property owner will want to ensure that they keep their home in good condition. While there are a lot of parts of a home that need to be properly maintained, one part in particular that requires maintenance and care is the driveway and parking surface. A driveway will provide you with a place to safely park your vehicles, but it can also improve your curb appeal if it is in good condition. 

Whether you need to have a new driveway installed or resurface an existing one, using the proper materials is important. In many cases, the driveway will be made of a type of asphalt. There are various types of asphalt used for driveway replacement and installation should be considered when you are improving or installing a driveway. 

Hot Mix Asphalt

One of the most common forms of asphalt used in a recreational setting is hot mix asphalt. This is made up of a combination of asphalt types heated and then mixed together. It will then be poured directly into the proper location and smoothed. This type of asphalt is a preferred option for many people as it provides a deep black color, which can help to improve your overall curb appeal. Further, the asphalt is quite durable and is also easier to maintain. This can help reduce your long-term costs and keep your driveway looking good.

Porous Asphalt

In some situations, another option is to use porous asphalt. This type of asphalt is ideal in some situations as it allows water to pour through. If you live in an area with poor draining and can get a lot of water, this could be a good option. It also tends to be a good option for commercial uses as it can help prevent pooling, allowing you to avoid various repair needs.

Recycled Asphalt

As you are looking to make any improvement to your property, finding ways to help the environment is a good idea. One eco-friendly decision you can make would be to use recycled asphalt. With recycled asphalt, you will use existing asphalt that is repurposed and designed for home driveway use. It continues to be just as durable and visually appealing as other types of asphalt while also being more affordable and better for the environment.

Having a new driveway installed, or resurfacing an existing one, is an important part of overall home maintenance and care. There are various asphalt driveway resurfacing tips that can be followed, such as helping you choose the right type of asphalt. There are a few different types of asphalt to consider for your next project. 

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