An Outdoor Oasis

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An Outdoor Oasis

Some of my fondest memories were made in the backyard of my childhood home. I adored spending time outside with my two dogs. I also loved to play volleyball and basketball with my family members and friends. Do you have kids who always seem to have excessive energy to burn? If your kids get tired of staying indoors when at home, consider hiring a paving contractor to build a sports court in your backyard. After determining what type of sports your kids enjoy playing, your paving contactor can likely suggest what size and type of court you’ll need. On this blog, I hope you will discover how a paving contractor can help you get the backyard of your dreams. Enjoy!

Should You Use Pavement Around Your Home?

When it comes to residential properties, pavement is not the most popular choice for the driveways, walkways, and other surfaces in your yard. Pavement is more commonly used for large parking lots and commercial properties. But there are some really great reasons to use pavement at your home. While it is chiefly a matter of personal opinion, many people will prefer pavement over traditional concrete for a number of reasons. This article looks at the pros and cons of using pavement at your house.

The Cost of Pavement

Pavement costs less than concrete. For most people, this is the absolute best argument for using it. Pavement costs $2 to $4 per square foot while concrete costs $4 to $6 per square foot. Furthermore, certain concrete finishes can double the price. So, pavement can cost just a fraction of what concrete can cost.

It is also important to think about the cost of maintenance. Both materials are extremely durable and easy to take care of. However, concrete, since it is lighter in color, can stain more easily. It can be much harder to maintain a consistent finish and coloring on a concrete driveway, especially when you factor in oil stains and tire marks. These remain virtually invisible on pavement.

Other Perks of Asphalt Surfaces

Regardless of cleaning or staining, many people actually like the black surface. The color can look great, especially if it coordinates with your home colors. Another great thing about asphalt is that it can be poured over uneven surfaces, and you do not need to add pressure lines. Asphalt has a more flowing, natural look that can blend in with the natural environment.

Drawbacks to Pavement Surfaces

One drawback of having pavement on the outside of your home is that you can track black into your home. The asphalt coloring can transfer onto the bottom of your shoes, making it dangerous when you walk into your home, especially onto carpet. This is worsened when the asphalt is wet. Also, asphalt is not great in hot, sunny climates because it can absorb more heat than light-colored concrete. It might be too hot to walk on throughout the majority of a hot summer day.

As you can see, there are not too many big drawbacks to asphalt. So, if you want to save some money, and like the way that the black surface looks, it could be perfect for your property.

Reach out to local paving contractors to learn more.