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Asphalt paving or Hot Mix Asphalt is typically what home owners think of when installing driveways. It is by far one of the least expensive methods for paving a surface.

Concrete or cement on the other hand, is more expensive and the driveway is not flexible, but many home owners prefer the more manicured look. If you keep up with the proper maintenance and take good care of your driveway, generally, concrete will last at least as long as asphalt.

Properly installed asphalt or concrete paved driveways have a life expectancy of not less than thirty years. Asphalt paved driveways consist of rock particles, sand, and asphalt cement, which make it flexible and durable at the same time.

Do NOT seal your asphalt driveway for about six to nine months after paving. The new asphalt driveway must cure over that time frame. If you seal it too soon, the oils that give the asphalt paving its flexibility will cause it to be too flexible and allow greater marks to exist over time.

Do NOT seal your concrete driveway for about two to three months after paving. The new concrete driveway must cure over that time frame. If you seal it too soon, the moisture that is released during curing will be trapped under the sealant thus creating bubbles, chips and/or cracks.

To protect your asphalt or concrete driveway from cracks and stains, it’s recommended to use seal coating to protect your driveway as a good maintenance practice especially on asphalt and cement driveways. By using asphalt seal coating, you will avoid asphalt repair for a long time.

The holes and larger cracks can be eliminated by use of asphalt patch and you can also use asphalt paint just to conceal the patches as part of your asphalt maintenance practices.

When it is time to seal your asphalt or concrete paved driveway, remember to put at least two coats of high quality seal coat over the entire driveway. This is to be repeated every three to five years for the maximum life expectancy of your asphalt or concrete paved driveway.

There are numerous products on the market for sealing your paved driveway, whether it's new or just time to reseal it again. If you are going to tackle this job yourself, you may be limited to what local stores have on the shelf. You can inquire as to the quality or type at the store, but like most of us, you will be making a choice based on budget. There are also plenty of contractors readily available to handle this for you. Their experience and expertise can be invaluable. Get a free fast quote from a local contractor right now.

If you take good care of your asphalt or concrete paved driveway it will definitely add character to your home. Asphalt paving or Hot Mix Asphalt is and always will be the best alternative for those seeking to pave surfaces in a flexible manner.

If you have a concrete or cement paved driveway and you have what is called a stamped surface or other specially treated surface, you may be confronted with the additional matter of paint or stain before the sealant can be applied. This also holds true for a driveway that is paved with brick pavers or other manufactured or cultured type of stone. So keep in mind that you are working with two seperate treatments, first the paint or stain and then the seal over it. It may be necessary to strip the old sealer off and replace or refurbish the paint or stain first. Usually if your underlying paint or stain treatment is in good shape, just a proper cleaing of the surface is sufficient to prepare for new coats of sealer. If you are in doubt or the project appears to be too much for you, always consider getting a free quote from a qualified contractor in your area instead.

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