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Choosing a Paving Contractor

HomeProMatch - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Almost every home has a driveway that will likely need to be repaved at some point. When you think of paving you might mainly think of tar or concrete, but a driveway can also be paved with gravel or stone. Choosing the best type of pavement for your driveway depends on where you live in the United States and the type of weather you get. Not only does a paved driveway provide a surface for parking cars, riding bikes, and shooting hoops, but it also adds to the curb appeal of the home. A properly-maintained driveway can save homeowners a lot of money in the long run.

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What are the types of paving materials?

There are two main types of driveway paving materials: smooth surface and aggregate surface. Smooth-surface driveways are the most popular and include asphalt and concrete. Tar-and-chip is similar to asphalt, but doesn’t provide as smooth of a surface. If laid properly, pavers can also provide an even surface. Aggregate-surface driveway paving materials include gravel and crushed stone. The best type of driveway paving material depends on your budget and desired level of maintenance. A HomePro Match paving contractor can help you choose the right driveway paving material for your home.

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How much does paving a driveway cost?

The cost of paving your driveway is highly dependent on the material that you choose and how much of that material that you need. For example, gravel is the cheapest driveway paving material. Asphalt and concrete are the two most popular driveway paving materials due to their low cost and ease of installation. The cost of a paver driveway varies widely by pattern, color, thickness and finish. In addition to the upfront costs of installation and materials, you should also consider the cost of maintaining your driveway. The cost of your paved driveway replacement or installation also depends on the contractor you use. HomePro Match makes it easy to get a cost estimate from a qualified paving contractor near you.

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How long does it take to pave a driveway?

The time required to pave a driveway depends largely on the material that you choose and the size of the driveway. For example, asphalt hardens by cooling and sets faster than concrete which needs to cure. Another factor to consider is the condition of your existing driveway. Paving over your existing driveway will take less time than if the old driveway needs to be removed before the new paving can be installed. The length of time it will take to pave your driveway is something you can discuss with a qualified HomePro Match paving company.

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What’s the difference between concrete and asphalt driveway paving?

Concrete and asphalt are both laid over a base of gravel and both are made of a mixture of sand and stone; however, the advesives used to hold the components together differ. Tar is used for asphalt and cement is used for concrete. Concrete and asphalt are the most popular driveway paving materials, but each has advantages and disadvantages. For example, concrete driveways typically last longer, but asphalt is cheaper to install. Asphalt driveways are usually easier to repair than concrete, but they can require more maintenance. If you’re deciding between concrete vs. asphalt drivway paving, your local HomePro Match contractor can help you choose the material that will best fit your style, climate and budget.

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Can I pave my driveway myself?

Paving your own driveway can be hard work and may require the operation of heavy equipment. Choosing between DIY driveway paving vs. hiring a professional ultimately comes down to time, budget, and access to equipment. Regardless of the driveway paving material you choose, there are several steps required to ensure an even driveway surface that will last a long time. Before deciding on DIY driveway paving, you might want to consider getting cost estimates from local paving companies - HomePro Match makes it easy!

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Can I pave my driveway in the winter?

The best time to pave a driveway is highly dependent on the temperature. How fast the mix cools depends on the air and surface temperatures. For example, asphalt must be placed and compacted while it’s hot, so cold temperatures during winter aren’t ideal. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, since seasonal temperatures vary throughout the United States, it’s best to use average air temperatures as a guide for determining the best time to pave a driveway. The best time to pave your driveway is something you can discuss with a qualified HomePro Match paving contractor.

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