Paving is the creation of stone, asphalt, or tiled flooring. This unique type of flooring is usually used outside due to its durability and resistance to the elements. Paving is an art that has been around for many years. Some of the paths and roads built by ancient Romans were made with pavers, and these still act as a base for some modern roads in Europe. Did we mention that paved surfaces are durable?
The outside of our homes is an important part that is often overlooked by many designers. Lately, though, as people realize how much they have come to rely on television, video games, and movies for entertainment and as obesity levels rise in the United States, people are choosing to place more focus on the outside of their homes. Creating paved areas on the outside of your house is good for two reasons: curb appeal and encouraging outdoor activity.
The biggest paved area that homes usually have is a driveway. The driveway is extremely important for curb appeal because it is often the first thing that a driver sees upon arriving at a home. It makes sense because we are trained to look where we are driving to avoid accidents. If you come upon a driveway that is patched up, has cracks, and even a pothole, then you have likely already developed a negative first impression about the house. If you pull up into a driveway that has been freshly finished and has no signs of wear and tear, however, then you will probably have a positive impression of the home and its owners. You will probably be thinking that the owners take good care of their beautiful home.
A paved driveway free of cracks is not only good for curb appeal! A clean, asphalt paving will encourage your family to get out and play a game of basketball before dinner. It will also encourage your neighbors to stop by to shoot some hoops. Not only will your driveway encourage healthy physical activity for your family, but it could also help your family develop a social role within the neighborhood. A healthy family and neighborly love… could you hope for more from a paved driveway?
Do you have to repave every year?
These benefits of a paved driveway seem great, but is it necessary to repave your driveway every single time there is a crack? The short answer is no. There’s a lot you can do to maintain your driveway so that you do not have to have it repaved every year. A crack that is less than a quarter of an inch is unlikely to cause large problems. These small cracks can be filled to prevent them from getting bigger. If you have bigger cracks or holes, though, then you will probably want to consult with a paving company to see if work should be done.