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The Advantages of a New Asphalt Driveway for Your Home

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Do you have a gravel driveway that you're considering paving? Is your old driveway damaged beyond repair at this point? Paving or repaving your driveway can add significant value to your property, and it's a great choice if you're getting ready to sell.

What if you don't have selling on your mind just yet? Is a new asphalt driveway still worth the investment? The short answer is yes, but we don't stop at the short answer!

Read on to learn the many advantages of adding a new asphalt driveway to your property. From fast installation to durability to increased safety, these advantages are hard to beat.

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Speedy Installation

It's easy to feel like there's never a good time for home repairs. When you're installing a new driveway, you will need to find somewhere else to park, often farther away from your home. This can pose a significant inconvenience, especially if the process is going to take weeks.

One of the biggest reasons why homeowners often gravitate toward asphalt is its quick installation and dry time. From start to finish, the entire process can take as little as four days before you're able to park on your new driveway.


Another major benefit of an asphalt-paved driveway is the relatively low cost. You can take a closer look at driveway material price comparisons, but asphalt is always the winner when it comes to budget and performance. 

For a typical driveway with a limited slope, you can expect to pay between $1 and $5 per square foot of asphalt. With the added cost of labor, most homeowners are looking at a cost of less than $5,000 for the entire project. 


There's a reason why asphalt is the number-one material for roadways and driveways across the country. It's one of the most durable paving options and can withstand a significant amount of wear and tear.

For example, asphalt is able to endure the occasional exposure to heavy loads. For example, if you needed a place to store a camper or boat overnight, you could do so on your asphalt driveway without worrying about wearing it down or cracking it.

Increased Driving Safety

Whether you're the only driver in your home or you've got teenagers who are getting used to life behind the wheel, asphalt driveways provide a safe surface for pulling in, parking, and backing out.

Asphalt is more skid-resistant than other materials like concrete or asphalt, which don't create as much traction. Asphalt also has low glare on sunny days, increasing visibility for drivers

Weather Resistance

In Columbus, we see the full spectrum of seasonal weather, including high summer temperatures and below-freezing winter lows. Asphalt is a good option for withstanding our local climate thanks to high weather resistance.

Only under the most extreme temperatures is asphalt going to expand or contract. Asphalt also creates a surface that can withstand de-icing salt and melt ice and snow faster than concrete. Though it may feel a little warm on an asphalt driveway in the heat of summer, you're going to get a lot more weather-resistant perks from asphalt than most options.

Easy Maintenance

Because you're not going to see fast damage caused by temperature changes, climate, or weight, asphalt provides the ease of maintenance that most homeowners are looking for. This is another reason why we consider asphalt paving more cost-effective. You're not going to sink a ton of money into repairs over the years.

If and when you do need to repair your asphalt driveway, fast action makes a big difference. With small cracks or early signs of potholes, simple patching can do the trick. 


More homeowners are looking for upgrades with a low environmental impact. While asphalt isn't a perfect solution for environmental health, it does offer one pretty impressive benefit in this department. It's 100% recyclable.

In fact, asphalt is one of the most recycled materials in the nation. About 95% of old asphalt paving is reused in new asphalt projects, from roads to shingles to tires. If you want to renovate your property with materials that can be used again in the future, asphalt is a great choice. 

Noise Reduction

Do you have family members coming home from work late at night or heading out early in the morning? It's no secret that with materials like gravel, you're going to hear them coming and going.

What you may not know is that asphalt is an alternative that can reduce noise quite a bit. It's not just the sound of rolling tires that asphalt will absorb. Asphalt can absorb the rumbling sounds of engines and transmissions, as well.

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Improved Curb Appeal

Whether or not you're thinking of selling your home, curb appeal is worth considering. Curb appeal refers to the first impression your home exterior creates. 

A new driveway is going to give your property a polished and inviting look. Asphalt creates clean lines that can compliment your landscaping and make it easier to mow and edge your lawn or weed your garden beds.

Increased Buyer Interest 

If you are preparing to put your home on the market, take a good look at your current driveway. If you have a dirt, gravel, or damaged driveway, it's time to consider investing in a new asphalt driveway.

With a new asphalt driveway, buyers know they won't need to worry about repairs or replacements for a long time. They also know that they'll enjoy all of the benefits we've listed here. This can not only increase your property value but it may make it easier to find a buyer faster.

Call Breck's Paving for Your New Asphalt Driveway 

A new asphalt driveway can make a huge difference to your property, from the way it looks to the way it functions. It can also reduce your long-term costs and have a positive impact on your property value.

Breck's Paving was founded in 1957, making us one of Columbus's oldest paving companies. We have experience with small-scale projects like residential driveways to large-scale commercial projects, and we've earned our reputation as one of the most trusted pavers in the state. Contact us to get the ball rolling with a free estimate.


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