Why is Asphalt the Best Surfacing Choice for Your Property?

asphalt resurfacing - Why is Asphalt the Best Surfacing Choice for Your Property?

Driveways, paths, ramps and other finished surfaces have always added to the aesthetic appeal of homes and commercial properties. However, they are no longer installed just for the sake of beauty. In addition to their obvious visual appeal, proper asphalt also provides an element of safety and convenience for property owners, visitors and guests.

Since it is such an important feature of your abode, it is crucial to pick the best quality material for paving, and asphalt is a great option in this regard.

What Are the Most Important Benefits of Asphalt?

There are a host of reasons for choosing asphalt over its alternatives. Some of the main advantages include:

    1. Easy Installation – Asphalt is very easy to install. It takes just one days to set which means the Driveways or road can be used as soon as possible. This is also why many construction contractors consider it the top choice for road resurfacing. This is the ideal material to use if time is a constraint or ease of installation is a priority.


    1. Economical and Durable – Asphalt is a low cost material which can be installed quickly, and hence is highly economical. It dries faster than other materials, allowing for driveways to open up for use in no time at all. Also, just because it’s affordable does not mean it’s not durable. This weather-resistant material can withstand heavy traffic and use, sustaining minimal damage over time.


    1. Less Maintenance/Repair – Asphalt driveways require little maintenance or repair work. The use of high-quality asphalt, together with professional coating and sealant techniques, can prolong the life of the asphalt and prevent the formation of potholes. Asphalt surfacing can last for twenty years or longer if maintained right. Repairs and maintenance are also easy and quick.


    1. Smoother Surfacing – Asphalt driveways enhance the beauty of your property, as they look much better than driveways paved with other materials. Furthermore, asphalt paving offers a smoother surface and better driving experience.


    1. Faster Completion – Since asphalt sets quickly, its usage leads to faster completion of construction projects. Driveways and roads surfaced with asphalt can be put to use much earlier than those paved with another material. If timed right, the paving process itself will cause minimal disruption and you will be able to resume your daily routine at the earliest.


    1. Better Safety – Because of its smoothness, asphalt paving reduces any possibility of skidding or tripping, making it comparatively much safer than other materials.


    1. Unmatched Sustainability – Asphalt can be recycled and used over and over, almost endlessly. Old asphalt paving can be dug up and the material can be used to create new surfacing for other commercial sites. This ensures that the earth’s natural resources are responsibly used. Its sustainability is one of the top reasons why asphalt is considered the ideal paving choice by many contractors.


If you want to reap the best results from asphalt paving, make sure that the installation and repair procedures are performed by professionals, like the experts at Jackson Asphalt. After all, it’s a huge investment and the time and effort you’ve put in should not go to waste!

New Driveway

So your patient wife can’t handle the dust anymore and has pressured you to asphalt the driveway.

So where do we start? How many different contractors do I need? How much is this all going to cost?

We can take over the project at any stage, also if you consider yourself pretty handy we can recommend a few projects you can complete yourself to save money.
Now for the biggest question, what is on the ground right now? Old asphalt driveway, gravel, sand, grass, old road base or limestone which has been done on the ground since the house was built? The preparation costs generally can cost as much as the asphalt. The strength of asphalt is from the preparation, asphalt is only a seal to protect the base work underneath from rain/water.

Ok so let’s start. We meet on site and walk the perimeter of the driveway, we look at the shape, paint some marks on the ground. We look at symmetry, soft sweeping curves or hard angles.
Now where is all the water going to go?

Does the roof down pipes drain onto the driveway which need to be considered?

There needs to be a minimum of 1-2% fall on the asphalt so it can drain properly. This means than a road 3.5m wide needs to be 35-70mm higher on one side compared to the other.
No what do we do with the water?

Soakwells can collect the water and allow it to soak into the surrounding soil (not clay). Spoon drains can collect water along the entrances to car ports, sheds or garages and pipe water elsewhere. Cheapest option is to “sheet” the water off the edges of asphalt into the gardens or grass.

To kerb or not to kerb?

If you are going to kerb it must be laid after base work is completed and before asphalt is laid. Now there are four kerb shapes, barrier kerb (commercial), semi mountable kerb (commercial), mountable kerb (commercial and residential) and flush kerb (commercial and residential). 230mm wide mountable kerbing seems to be the most affordable and popular with driveways.

Now what about the asphalt?

Red or black thick or thin many options to talk through but let’s look at what most people choose. Red 30-35mm or black 30-35mm would be considered.

Now for the sales pitch!

You have a lot of choices when choosing a company to help you with your important driveway project so why use us?
Jackson Asphalt has completed more driveways than any other company in Perth. We put a lot of time and effort into completing your project. We understand this is a massive capital investment and we will do everything we can to ensure value and quality. Our work is guaranteed and we have 11,000 projects completed since 1977.

Thank you for reading this blog. We will try and write a new one every month.

Caring for a New Driveway or Asphalt Car Park

If your new asphalt is installed on a Wednesday you can start using it on Thursday. It would be great if you can give it another day but if you need to use it here is a few tips for looking after your new asphalt.

Tyres are designed to stick to asphalt therefore do not turn your steering wheel when the car is stationery as this will create two scuff marks from the front tyres.
Motor bike stands, bike stands even high heel shoes can sink into new asphalt if the weather is warm enough so we recommend putting down a wooded board off cut while the weather is warm for bikes.

Elevated work platforms, tractor tyre etc damage new asphalt and we recommend waiting for cooler weather or placing sheets of plywood down. Aggressive driving by trucks, sharp quick turning etc needs to be avoided in the warmer weather.

Steel wheeled bins will damage or sink into the asphalt so please use rubber wheels or place concrete or steel sheets under the wheels.

What happens if I do damage the asphalt? It depends on how damaged the asphalt is. A little scuffing will generally disappear or minimize over time from the tyres continuing to drive over it, gouges or sinking marks will need to be cut and removed or gassed and raked with asphalt fines added.

If you have any other questions please call us or look at the Asphalt 101 section on out website.