We’ve already addressed some issues such as properly sealing the driveway and any crack repairs it may need but there are a few more things to be considered.
The weather. What is the climate like where you live? If you live someplace with intensely hot summers then you may find that an asphalt driveway will become a bit soft and sticky. Concrete is great for hot summers but it may crack more in freezing temperatures. If you’re in a rainy location its important to remove any standing water. If you’re dealing with snow then make sure your snow shovel doesn’t scratch the surface because you’ll be scratching the sealant off and exposing the raw driveway to the elements. Try to use a broom or snow blower if possible. If you’re dealing with icy conditions don’t use salt or deicing chemicals; try kitty litter instead.
If you decide on a concrete driveway, you won’t be able to park on it for at least a week. The concrete needs time to cure. You can damage the driveway if you park on it too soon. It will be completely cured in 2 to 3 weeks but you can park on it after the first week is over. Asphalt only needs a couple of days to cure but will need to be sealed in a few months after being poured. So in the meantime, figure out if you can park on the street or maybe a nice neighbor will share their driveway with you. Either way, a new driveway will make your house look more beautiful and raise its value.
So if you’re looking for a local contractor to pour an asphalt or concrete driveway for your residence; reach out to us on our contact page or call us at (210) 362-8276.