Revitalizing an Asphalt Driveway

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If your driveway is made of asphalt and it appears as if it has seen better days, there are several steps you can take to revamp it to give it a nicer appearance. If it is in need of excessive repair, you are probably better off hiring a paving company to add a new asphalt surface. Here are a few ideas you can use in your own driveway to give it an entirely new look.

Use Tar and Chip Asphalt

Instead of using traditional asphalt, consider trying a tar and chip surface instead. This surface will give your driveway additional traction while looking different from your neighbor's black asphalt. Stone aggregate is added to the asphalt, giving the finished appearance one that looks more like gravel than a smooth surface. It has a lighter appearance than traditional asphalt. This is a great option for someone who has a driveway sitting on an incline as it will allow vehicles to grip onto the bumpiness of the material. In inclement weather, this driveway will have a lot of appeal.

Add a Bit of Color

If you wish to have a driveway in a unique color, ask your paving contractor for samples of colored asphalt they use within their company. Since contractors often have different paint suppliers, you may need to call a few to track down the exact shade you are looking for if you have a specific look in mind. If you cannot find the color you like, you can always paint your asphalt yourself after it hardens. There are several colors of asphalt paint on the market and it can be applied via roller, paintbrush, or sprayer. Paint comes in brighter shades than colored asphalt, making it a great choice if you want something eye-catching. You also have the option in using more than one color.

Consider Some Texture

Using stamping equipment to give asphalt a patterned look is a wonderful way to give your driveway curb appeal. Let your paving contractor know what pattern interests you and have them show you some samples. Many homeowners pick a cobblestone, paver, or brick pattern. The stampers are placed into the asphalt immediately after it has been applied to your driveway. These metal pieces will leave an imprint in the asphalt as it dries. The driveway may take a bit longer to be finished as the paving contractor will have to do the work in sections so they get the impressions to work before the asphalt hardens.