Richard’s Paving provides driveway asphalt & concrete paving, asphalt repairs, and seal coating to homeowners and residential communities in Richmond, VA, and the surrounding areas.
Richard’s Paving is a premier and local driveway paving contractor in Richmond, VA (don’t worry we service all of Central, VA). We provide asphalt and concrete paving services but first, why should you pave your driveway? Paving your driveway can be necessary for a wide variety of reasons ranging from property value, cost-effectiveness, maintenance levels, and even safety. Homeowners should view their driveway as their homes’ red carpet. It’s the first thing people see when they pull in to visit. What’s better is Richard’s Paving has one priority, and that’s to provide the best customer service and quality available from a paving contractor in Virginia. On this page, we will talk about the cons of a gravel driveway, whether you should choose asphalt or concrete, and the other driveway services we offer.
We are not knocking gravel driveways because they have benefits. But, there are more cons than pros when you have one. Here in Virginia, we get a lot of rain, in the winter we can sometimes get snow, but what do get a lot of is ice when rain freezes overnight. When you get a lot of rain the gravel can shift around and sink, causing ruts and sinkholes.
These ruts and sinkholes make the surface unstable causing people to trip, and vehicles to get stuck when those holes ice over again. On top of that, the gravel can be washed away into your yard or the neighbors’ yard, and you will have to pick it up and move it back. Removing snow and ice is also problematic since shoveling can move the gravel into the yard and cause more ruts.
Ruts and sinkholes aren’t the only problems though. Gravel driveways can kick up dirt and coat your car. The rocks can get stuck in your tires, and the dust can get into your vehicle’s air conditioning which you then breathe. Gravel driveways also require more physical maintenance since you will need to remove weeds that grow and penetrate the surface, regularly rake the gravel off your lawn, and keep extra gravel to fill in holes to ensure the surface is even. All of these problems are resolved when you hire a professional contractor to pave the driveway.
You have different options when you choose to pave your driveway. Most driveway paving contractors offer asphalt or concrete paving, but which should you choose? Most homeowners end up choosing asphalt thanks to its durability, flexibility, look, and cost-effectiveness vs. concrete. But first, let’s list some of the main reasons people choose asphalt paving over concrete and gravel.
The initial cost of installing a concrete driveway is higher than an asphalt driveway, but don’t let that turn you off if you want to reap the benefits of concrete. While concrete is more expensive than asphalt at the time of installation, asphalt costs more to maintain in the future. The higher maintenance costs for asphalt come from the binder that holds the materials together. Asphalt binding can crack, distort, or disintegrate over time due to UV Rays, water, and other chemicals. While a well maintained asphalt driveway can last 20 – 30 years, a well maintained concrete driveway can last 30+ years. But, a concrete driveways’ lifespan depends on the installation’s quality and type of cement. If the paving contractor does not make sure the driveway has a solid foundation that can properly drain water, the concrete can break down.
A lot of people perceive concrete driveways as being maintenance-free, but it helps to keep the driveway clean and sealed to ensure it lasts its full lifespan. It’s recommended you use a hose, pressurized water, and a stiff-bristled brush to remove any debris. We also
recommend applying a concrete sealer once a year to prevent the cement from absorbing water and moisture. This is more often than you would have to seal an asphalt driveway, but the length of time the concrete driveway lasts offsets the cost.
Concrete doesn’t absorb as much heat so snow and ice melts slower than on an asphalt driveway, but a concrete driveway will reflect the light better. This reduces the need for artificial lighting outside the home and can contribute to your home’s energy savings. Cement also has better load-bearing capacity since it’s not a flexible material. If you have work done on your home and a contractor brings in large vehicles, those heavy vehicles can deform asphalt if the asphalt isn’t thick enough or wasn’t mixed well. Finally, prospective homebuyers are highly interested in having a concrete driveway, which means paving with concrete will further increase your home’s market value and help your home sell faster.
Richard’s Paving doesn’t just install new driveways. We are a full-service residential paving contractor which means we provide all the support you will need when it comes to maintaining your paved driveway.
Resurfacing a driveway is the process of applying an overlay of new asphalt to even out any grade depressions or cover large cracks that won’t be fixed through basic repairs or patchwork. Richard’s Paving uses the highest quality materials that will give your surface a new look and shine that will make your neighbors envious. Your driveway might need to be resurfaced if you have an abundance of cracks, the surface has oxidized, or there’s standing water. But, when a driveway has been properly resurfaced it can extend its life an additional 8 – 15 years.
Our schedule is filling up fast and you don’t want to miss out on fixing that asphalt before the holidays!