You may be interested to know that there are roughly 18 billion tons of asphalt covering roads throughout the United States. There are 2.6 million miles of paved roads throughout this country, and over 94% use asphalt as a surface material.
Over 90% of America’s parking lots are covered with asphalt. This material is often reclaimed and reused, which makes it a sustainable and environmentally-friendly construction material. In 2013 alone, 67.8 tons were reclaimed and almost 100% were used again for other construction projects.
Do you need your concrete driveway or walkway repaired? Or perhaps you’re thinking about having an entirely new driveway and walkway constructed. When you speak with a concrete contractor, they will be able to determine whether or not it makes sense to repair your existing driveway.
If you currently have an old asphalt driveway, then you may also be thinking about repairing or replacing that as well. When you consult with your contractor, they will probably recommend having a new asphalt or concrete drive put in.
When properly installed and maintained, a concrete drive will usually last between 25 to 50 years. When determining whether to have a single or double-car driveway, concrete contractors will take measurements.
While the average width for a single-car driveway is usually 8 to 9 feet, a 2-car drive will take approximately 15 to 18 feet. Your contractor will also make sure that the finished pavement will have a slight slope of 1/4 of an inch for every foot. This can assist with run-off when it rains.
Another benefit of concrete is that it is available in a variety of colors. When you want to enhance your curb appeal by putting in a new walkway or patio, there are approximately 250 hues and shades from which to choose. Given these choices, you may decide to entirely upgrade your surrounding landscape.
If you’re thinking about selling your house in the near future, realtors will tell you that curb appeal does make a difference. Furthermore, when you also make a small investment in landscaping, this, too, can make a difference in how long it takes to sell your home as well as its selling price.