Practical Reasons To Get Your Rural Driveway Paved

Every year you think about getting your driveway paved, and every year you put it off. Some other homeowners in your rural neighborhood have never bothered either, but sometimes you see completed work done by an asphalt service and you think how nice it looks. You're just not sure whether spending the money to have this done is worth it. What are some practical reasons to have your driveway paved?

Reasons to Choose Asphalt Pavement

A Dependable Smooth Surface

You know how weather conditions affect your unpaved driveway. Depending on the climate of your region, you may have to deal with: 

  • your car getting stuck in mud
  • mud that turns into ruts 
  • ruts that harden into solid dirt
  • slush that freezes into ruts
  • rain puddles that freeze, and snow that melts and refreezes -- both creating a skating rink

You don't have to deal with these situations when you have an asphalt driveway.

Consider that you not only drive on the driveway, you and other people in your household probably walk on it and may ride bikes there, as well. Trekking through mud, dirt, and rain puddles, and trying to stay upright on icy surfaces -- that's no fun at all. 

Added Real Estate Value

If you're thinking of selling your home within the next several years, an asphalt driveway is a good investment. It not only is a more convenient surface to drive on and maintain, it tends to improve the look of the property. That's especially the case if you live in an area where most of your neighbors have paved driveways. If you're the lone holdout, it's pretty obvious to people driving by. 

Some prospective home buyers won't consider a house with an unpaved driveway. You'll have a better chance at selling the place quickly, and may get a better price than you would otherwise. 

What About Gravel?

Having your driveway paved with gravel instead of asphalt costs a bit less upfront, but you'll need to maintain that gravel regularly. At a minimum, you must sometimes rake gravel back into place, because it doesn't stay put. If your driveway needs snowplowing, the plow will shove the gravel all over the place, and you must eventually rake it back. You'll probably need to have grading done on occasion to even out the gravel. 

All these tasks may be more trouble than saving a small amount of money is worth.

Concluding Thoughts

Contact asphalt pavement companies in your area for estimates on getting your driveway paved and more info. After you make the decision to have the project done, you can look forward to improved satisfaction with your property and all the advantages that asphalt paving provides.