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How to Reap the Benefits of Residential Pavement Resurfacing

Residential pavement resurfacing is the process of installing a new layer of asphalt over your existing driveway. This process has many benefits, including boosting your house's curb appeal and improving the performance of your driveway.
You have some choices to personalize the job when you resurface your driveway. Below are some options that best help you reap the benefits of resurfacing.

Your Driveway and your House

Your driveway is the gateway to your home. Its appearance affects the overall impression your home makes on visitors and passersby.
Improve the Overall Appearance
One of the biggest benefits of having your driveway pavement resurfaced is improving its appearance. Not only can you have a tired looking driveway perked up, you can actually improve on the original with your choice in aggregates.
When the contractors apply a new layer of asphalt, you may choose among the available aggregates. The contractors use aggregate to provide durability as well as a textured surface. However, you can choose colored aggregates that further improve the appearance of your driveway's surface. Common aesthetic choices include granite, quartzite, and river rock.
Boost Curb Appeal
Because an attractive driveway ushers people into your home, you should help design what that pathway looks like. A big area of choice for you in the resurfacing process will be aimed at boosting the curb appeal of your house.
One choice you can make is to have the driveway resurfaced in colored asphalt instead of standard black. The contractors can add dry pigment to the hot asphalt before applying the surface. This method results in subtle earthy tones.
You'll get deeper coloration if the contractor applies an acrylic-based color coating on top of the new surface. The contractors use large rollers to apply this coating, which further helps seal the surface.
Another choice you can make is to have your driveway stamped. The contractors use rubber mats to stamp a design into the surface, usually a pattern that mimics laid brick or stone. The stamping processes can be combined with coloring the asphalt during the resurfacing project to provide a decorative asphalt driveway.

The Life of your Driveway

Driveway maintenance will extend the life of your driveway. Asphalt resurfacing is one step in that maintenance.
Maintain the Surface of your Driveway
An asphalt driveway can last between 12 to 20 years. One of the main factors in getting your driveway to last 20 years or more is pavement preservation, which is part of extending the life of the material.
The contractors might recommend a micro-surfacing process, which is essentially resurfacing on a smaller scale. The micro-surfacing process helps prevent oxidation and improves the overall surface of the driveway, which will ultimately extend its life. Your contractor might recommend this procedure as a first step in the overall resurfacing process.
Prevent Future Problems
Part of extending the life of your driveway is the prevention of future problems. Your contractors should fill any cracks or holes before applying the new layer of asphalt. This process doesn't address any structural concerns caused by deep cracks or holes. However, it does prevent water from penetrating the surface, which would accelerate the structural deterioration of the driveway.
Another option is the chip seal process, which contractors use to repair small chips in the surface. Not only does this process preserve the structure of the driveway, it also improves the friction characteristics, meaning you're less likely to slide on the driveway's surface. Talk to your contractors about the best approach to crack fills and chip sealing as preludes to the resurfacing.
Reap the benefits of residential asphalt resurfacing by talking to your contractors about all the process and decorative options available. The asphalt experts at Bay Area Contracting Inc can advise you on the project from start to finish.