Choosing The Best Driveway For Your Home

Paved driveways, if done properly, could last for eight to ten years. Credible contractors usually offer a one-year warranty on their work in any case defects show up within the first 12 months. Paving problems for residential driveways are one of the most common complaints of homeowners. As a smart customer, it is your responsibility to do your homework and research on effective ways of paving driveways so that unethical contractors cannot convince you into paying for unnecessary works and using inferior materials. Before letting any contractor start the job, make sure that the terms and agreements, as well as extra services, are included in the contract and understood well by both parties.

Asphalt vs Gravel

Many homeowners prefer asphalt and concrete as the main components for their driveways. Although there are many advantages offered by the said materials, you need to take the necessary safety measures if you live in a cold climate area such as Traverse City in Michigan. If you plan on constructing a concrete driveway, you need to make sure that there is a heavy layer of compact gravel as a base before pouring in the cement. Failure to do so can result to short life span due to damages caused by ice heaves. A concrete driveway can also be vulnerable to salt damage. Since salt is frequently applied on roads during the winter season, you may want to reconsider having your driveway paved with concrete.

Blacktop drives on the other hand, are less expensive to construct compared to concrete driveways. The only downside would be the requirement to have your driveway sealed regularly every three to five years. Although you can easily do this yourself, it will still cost you money, time and effort to complete the task. Furthermore, it will take a complete three days for the black top to dry off completely before you can park your car on it.

Asphalt and concrete driveways can last for 25 to 30 years, depending on how you care for it. The lifespan of your driveway also depends on the foundation that you installed it on. Failure to lay the materials on a solid foundation will cause your driveway to crack over time, especially during the colder season where it will be brittle due to the low temperatures.

Last but not the least, it is important that you weigh the available options first and think of the advantages and disadvantages offered by each material before making a final decision.

Grays Excavating will be glad to help you out with all your driveway needs and they proudly serve the following areas: Benzie County, Leelenau County, Grand Traverse County, Traverse City and Lake Ann.