There are many types of paving you can choose for your home's driveway, parking area, or patio surfaces. Pavement adds an element of design and improves the performance and use of the area all while creating maintained lines for an updated appearance. Here are some recommendations to help you as you install a new pavement for your property and to improve its use.
Protect the Environment
There are a variety of options for pavement that will help to protect the environment and make your yard more healthy and environmentally sustainable. Whether you are looking to protect against excess runoff and pollution into the waterways or reduce the urban heat island effect, you can find an option with your new pavement.
For permeable pavement, any precipitation will soak into the pavement and return to the local ground water instead of flowing into nearby sewer drains. You can look for a permeable asphalt or install pavers as another permeable solution. And to reduce the heat your asphalt paved surface will absorb you can ask for a reflective coating for your pavement, which can come in several colors.
You can also look to hire a professional asphalt crew who will use recycled asphalt in their project. Recycled asphalt provides a good source of aggregate for the new hot asphalt mixture that your professional asphalt crew will pour and compact onto your property. Keeping the old asphalt millings out of the landfills reuses them and reduces the number of virgin materials required for a new asphalt pavement.
Protect Your Investment
No matter the type of pavement you choose for your property, you will want to protect the surface with regular recommended maintenance so you don't let your pavement and investment go to waste. If you choose to install a permeable pavement, you will need to keep the surface cleaned of debris so the drainage continues to work properly between the pavers. You can do this with a broom or a leaf blower every few months or as needed.
For an asphalt pavement, keep an eye out for cracks that will begin to form as the surface asphalt dries out in the environment. After a few years, the surface will begin to show cracking, which you can fill with an asphalt emulsion that self-levels within the crack. For larger cracks, a hot mix asphalt is a good way to fill them and protect the existing surface, and your local asphalt company can help you. Also, look for pothole patching maintenance and a sealcoat application every three to five years or as your asphalt needs its surface to be restored of moisture and flexibility.
Reach out to a paving contractor for more information.