Blacktop asphalt driveways can be both beautiful and useful. The only two main elements of this blacktop surface used on many asphalt driveways are stone, asphalt, and black asphalt mortar, a black, tar-like asphalt product. When used properly, a new drive begins with a 4 to 8-inch thick layer of loose, compacted, granular cement for a strong, stable base. In a few days to a week, the cement hardens into a semi-solid, flexible, and resistant material, which provides an easy and economical method of building driveways.
How To Install An Asphalt Driveway
Black asphalt drives are ideal for driveways because they require little maintenance, especially if they are built properly. If you choose to build these driveways yourself, you must take extra care to prevent damage to the driveway itself from the heavy load that it carries. If you use a contractor to build your driveway, you should ensure that he or she uses the correct type of concrete mix, which will keep the driveway dry, and has been prepared to handle the added weight.
Although asphalt drives are relatively easy to install, there are some things that you should consider before purchasing your driveway. First, always inspect your driveway prior to its installation to make sure it is level and that no uneven spots exist. You can check this by using a metal leveler on the surface of the driveway, which will determine the exact level of the driveway. Next, make sure that any existing paving materials, such as brick or stone, are removed from the area where your new drive will be installed.