If you plan to replace your residential driveway soon, then you have many options for material. One option you should consider is an asphalt driveway due to the numerous advantages of this driveway type. Asphalt driveways are durable and have great traction that can help limit slips and falls during the winter and any time the pavement is wet. This driveway type is also attractive and can increase a home's curb appeal. 

However, some common asphalt driveway misconceptions may lead you to think that this driveway type is not right for your family or your home. Read on to learn four asphalt driveway myths and the truth behind these common misconceptions. 

Myth #1: All Asphalt Driveways are Black in Color

Many homeowners who overlook asphalt driveways think that all asphalt driveways are black in color, and do not believe that this color will complement the appearance of their homes. While many asphalt driveways are black, the truth is that asphalt driveways are available in a variety of colors.

Asphalt can be colored in two ways. Many dark driveway colors are created by adding pigment powder to wet asphalt before it is poured. On the other hand, light-colored asphalt driveways are typically created by adding a special color coating to the driveway surface after it is installed. 

Myth #2: Asphalt Driveways are Expensive 

If you have put off the replacement of your damaged driveway for months or even years due to the expected high cost of new driveway installation, you may be surprised to learn that asphalt driveways are relatively affordable. In fact, asphalt driveways typically cost less to install than both concrete and stone paver driveways. The average asphalt driveway costs about 45 to 50 percent less than the average concrete driveway.

While aggregate, or gravel, is typically considered the most affordable driveway option, asphalt driveways can even cost surprisingly less than some types of aggregate driveways. 

Myth #3: Asphalt Cannot Be Installed During the Winter

If you have been eager to install a new driveway, yet did not perform the project during the warmer seasons, you may think you have to wait until spring to install an asphalt driveway due to the misconception that your driveway cannot be paved during the winter. 

The truth is that asphalt paving can be installed during the winter as long as the ground is not frozen and the weather is relatively dry. Typically, during milder winters, the ground thaws and refreezes all winter long. Your paving contractor will help you schedule driveway installation when the ground is thawed and is not expected to refreeze. 

Myth #4: Asphalt Driveways Are Not Environmentally Friendly

Asphalt is an environmentally friendly pavement type. Not only does the production and construction of asphalt pavement require about 20 percent less energy than the production and installation of other pavement types, but also most asphalt installed today can be recycled when it reaches the end of its useable lifespan. 

Also, after asphalt pavement is installed and hardened, no toxic chemicals leach out of the asphalt and pollute the surrounding environment or air. 

In addition to the low environmental impact of the installation itself, asphalt production is also environmentally sound. While asphalt production plants used to create large amounts of pollution, the asphalt industry reduced the pollution generated by its plants by 97 percent between the years 1970 and 1999. These plants now emit few hazardous air pollutants.

As you contemplate your new residential driveway options, forget these common asphalt driveway myths when you make your new driveway decision. Contact the asphalt paving experts at Arrow Blacktop & Masonry, Inc., to schedule installation of your new asphalt driveway today. 

4 Asphalt Driveway Myths & The Truth Behind Them

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