When it comes to the surface outside of your home like driveways, sidewalks, footpaths, and foundations, most people think of concrete first. While there are many varieties of concrete and a lot of things to choose from when looking for the perfect surface, you should also consider asphalt. Asphalt might be something that you associate more closely with large parking lots and schoolyards, but it can also be a great solution for your residential property. This article looks at three of the best reasons to invest in asphalt.
Asphalt Has an Unbroken, Natural Flow
Some people choose asphalt because they have to. That is, their yard might be very uneven with a lot of twists and turns. Making a concrete path look natural over uneven surfaces can be a little difficult. Think of asphalt like flowing lava. It can flow naturally up a slight slope or around a little curve. This is just something that you cannot do as smoothly with concrete surfaces. It is much cheaper and easier to create a smooth asphalt pathway without breaking the bank.
The Look of Black Asphalt
Many people will choose to install asphalt just because they like the more natural look of it. Black asphalt can look more natural amidst a woody yard. It looks great shaded and covered in leaves. You also need to think about the other colors around your yard. Not only the colors of the walls and buildings on your property but also the shades of the landscaping. Black can blend in more naturally in some settings, whereas the starkness of a white or grey concrete footpath could really be an eyesore. Of course, it is all a matter of opinion when it comes to style, but you should think about how asphalt could affect your exterior style.
Asphalt is Low Maintenance
Perhaps the very best thing about asphalt surfaces is that they are so easy to take care of. Asphalt, since it is dark, does not show dirt or stains as easily. In fact, since it is smoother than most exterior concrete finishes, it doesn't even absorb as many stains. So, in the long run, you could save a little bit of time and money when it comes to maintaining exterior asphalt surfaces.
In the end, these are just a few of the reasons to invest in asphalt. But, it is also important to remember that asphalt is more affordable than concrete.
For more information on asphalt, reach out to a company like Azzarelli Paving & Site Development.