Asphalt is not a singular building material but one that comes in many different varieties. Each of these types of paving material has its own unique benefits that make it a good choice for specific circumstances. Many of them are particularly useful for people who are looking to add a driveway to their home or to an apartment complex that they may own.

Therefore, homeowners need to understand the various types of paving materials currently available on the market. The following asphalt varieties are all available for driveways and other kinds of jobs. Each section will discuss what kinds of benefits the specific paving material provides as well as the circumstances in which they are useful. Read through this list carefully to find a kind that’s right for you.

Porous asphalt

Porous pavement is an exciting development in paving methods that has been a useful option for people in areas with a lot of rain and snow. Typically, many types of pavement simply move water off to the sides to avoid damage. However, porous types are a little looser than other types of pavement—while still remaining quite strong on the surface—and allow water and different kinds of moisture to pass through quite quickly and without difficulty.

One particularly nice thing about porous pavement is that it costs less compared to other types of paving materials. Its looser nature also provides a little more material leeway that helps to minimize the dangers of cracks and different kinds of damage. And when appropriately maintained, it can last several decades without any difficulties. However, it may not quite have the handsome appearance that other types of paving methods offer.

Porous pavement is a particularly nice choice for rural areas because water will soak directly into the soil underneath the driveway. In this way, you can avoid water-related damage along the side of the driveway and keep the sides from getting damaged. Just as importantly, this also helps to improve the overall appearance of a yard by adding more water to its soil and spreading it to the trees and grass that need water the most.

Quiet pavement

Anyone who wants a driveway or parking lot that is relatively noise-free should consider quiet pavement. This type of paving material is designed to reduce the noise produced when walked or driven upon by people or vehicles. The variety of stones used in this type of pavement are minimal and quite small, which helps to decrease the sound when people drive by a home at any speed. This type of paving material is also useful for stores and malls.

For example, big cities with a lot of traffic often use quiet pavement to minimize noise pollution. This paving material often helps to protect people during the night, as the sounds of individual tires on the pavement will be less apparent and annoying. However, this type of pavement is often used on highways that move through rural areas. Interstate freeways through these areas may utilize a quiet roadway as a protective measure for those in these quieter zones.

The use of quiet pavement in rural areas is beneficial because it can reduce the volume of noise produced by a highway—which can often be quite distracting to rural living—and make it more comfortable and relaxing. These benefits also extend to tourism, as people who visit these areas for vacations won’t have the sound of tires hitting the pavement distracting them from their visits throughout the region.

Perpetual pavement

Perpetual pavement is designed to be a quick-to-lay style of paving that helps to save you both time and money on your driveway. It combines asphalt and multiple layers of paving materials to create a durable, reliable, long-lasting type of pavement. This durability makes it perfect for driveways that will have a large number of cars parked on them for extended periods.

The extra strength provided by the multiple paving materials also helps to minimize the dangers of cracks. One issue, though, is that this type of pavement is often stiffer than other varieties and may be prone to weather-related cracks. However, proper maintenance and skilled repairs—including adding sealant to the surface of the driveway—could help to minimize this danger and improve the appearance of the driveway all at the same time.

Perpetual pavement is also well-named because it can last for decades or longer if properly maintained. Regular cleanings help to remove potentially destructive materials from the surface quickly and efficiently. Just as importantly, staining and maintenance help to reduce the appearance of cracks or other types of damage on the pavement and ensure that it lasts for as long as you need.

Warm-mix pavement

Warm-mix paving is an exciting choice for homeowners because it produces a multitude of benefits that you can’t get with other types. The significant difference between this type of asphalt and others is that it mixes at a lower temperature than hot-mix varieties. Typically, the temperature during the preparation process will be about 50 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit lower than other types of pavement, which creates some interesting side effects.

First of all, this lower temperature helps to prevent the release of excessive greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Just as importantly, a lower temperature also helps to minimize the amount of fuel used to produce the pavement. In this way, a warm-mix pavement application is an excellent choice for those who are concerned about the environment and who want to protect it in any way possible.

Even better, some states and even the federal government may provide tax breaks for people who make environmentally safe building choices. These tax breaks need to be applied for, and you’ll have to show how your choices helped improve the environment. In many cases, the extra cost of installing this type of paving material may be more than covered by these tax breaks or at least partially reimbursed.

Find the best pavement for your needs

By now, you should have a good idea of what asphalt would work best for your driveway or building project. You’ve not only read up on all of these different paving materials but chosen a handful that you think would be perfect for your home. However, you aren’t sure how you are going to pave your driveway or need help getting it done.

So please don’t hesitate to contact us right away to learn more about what type of paving material is right for your needs. We can inspect your yard, learn more about the pavers underneath the paving surface, and will work hard to ensure that you get maximum support for your beautiful driveway. Just as importantly, we can provide maintenance and repair for these often-neglected areas of the home.

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