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Asphalt Paving vs. Concrete: Best Jobs for Each Paving Material

Asphalt Paving vs. Concrete: Best Jobs for Each Paving Material

Are you in the market for a new driveway and are trying to determine whether you should go with an asphalt driveway or a concrete driveway? The following are some important factors to consider when making your choice. Asphalt Driveways vs. Concrete Driveways Concrete driveways are, in general, one and a half to two times more expensive to install per square foot than asphalt driveways. This also means concrete driveways cost significantly more to repair compared with asphalt driveways. Some paving experts will tell customers that concrete driveways will last longer, but as with all home improvement services, the end results and their longevity has more to do with quality workmanship and materials than anything else. The other factor that will significantly impact the lifespan of any driveway, whether concrete or asphalt, is frequency of maintenance. A properly maintained asphalt driveway can last decades. Here are some other factors to keep in mind when trying to decide whether you want an asphalt driveway or a concrete driveway: It takes seven days of curing before you can drive on a concrete driveway, but you can drive on an asphalt driveway nearly right after it has been applied. When cracks do appear in an asphalt driveway they can be quickly and affordably repaired and resealed while still looking great. Cracks are harder to patch in concrete, are more noticeable and may require invasive, messy and time-consuming methods to fix. Asphalt is elastic enough to expand or contract with changes in temperature or when bearing heavy loads. Concrete driveways are more prone to crack in cold temperatures or under heavy weights. If...
Asphalt Paving FAQ: Ask Your Neighborhood Asphalt Paving Contractor

Asphalt Paving FAQ: Ask Your Neighborhood Asphalt Paving Contractor

How long after asphalt paving is completed can I drive on it? The length of time you should avoid driving on asphalt varies based on the job and weather conditions, but in most cases no more than 24 hours. If the weather is especially hot, which is thankfully rare in the Seattle area, we may recommend 48 hours for proper curing.   Can asphalt be poured when it’s raining? It really depends on the asphalt paving contractors, their experience and the asphalt paving machines, materials and equipment they are using. We often have to deal with rainy or drizzly weather and can complete jobs even if the ground isn’t completely dry. The severity of rain and ground saturation may play a role in whether your job can be completed on schedule. We always strive to keep to our deadlines but never pave when the end result may not meet our high expectations.   Can it get too cold to perform asphalt paving? In some parts of the world, temperature can impact when asphalt paving can be performed, but temperature is rarely an issue for Lakeridge Paving Company. One of the main variables that impacts whether asphalt paving can be performed at a given temperature is the thickness of asphalt being poured. The thinner a layer of asphalt is, the more quickly it needs to be compacted because it will lose heat at a faster rate than a thicker layer of asphalt. Deeper asphalt pours can be performed in cooler temperatures than shallow asphalt paving.   Why should I consider asphalt paving instead of concrete paving for my driveway? Asphalt...
6 Must-See Scenic Drives in the Puget Sound Area

6 Must-See Scenic Drives in the Puget Sound Area

Those of us living in the Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia areas of the Pacific Northwest are very fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes the nation has to offer. There are countless breathtaking drives to be had around Olympic National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mt. Rainier National Park. The following are six drives that you may want to check out. Even the Islands Have Beautiful Drives Horseshoe Highway The shortest drive on this list, the Horseshoe Highway, is located on Orcas Island. Motorists who want to drive the Horseshow Highway will need to take the ferry that transports passengers and vehicles from Anacortes to Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands. The Horseshoe Highway takes motorists from Orcas Landing, where the fairy lets off, approximately 18 miles to the Mount Constitution parking lot. On a clear day, the Mount Constitution Lookout also gives visitors a breathtaking view of Mount Baker, Vancouver, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range. Whidbey Island The drive through Whidbey Island also requires a ferry ride, this one approximately 20 minutes from Mukilteo. You’ll head from the Ferry to WA-526, then you’ll head west until it becomes WA-20. This drive, approximately 47 miles long, will take you through Langley, vineyards, South Whidbey State Park, 250-year-old trees in old-growth forests, the town of Coupeville and ends at Deception Pass State Park. Along the route are multiple opportunities for exploring places like Ebey’s Landing, Fort Casey State Park and the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens. Seattle Area Drives Cascade Valley Heritage Corridor This drive is unique because...