If you’ve been looking for ways to improve the value of your property, you may not consider your driveway in that equation. However, asphalt driveways can do a lot to increase property value. From making your driveway safer for cars to drive on to simply making your home look nicer, there are quite a few ways asphalt driveways can take your home to the next level.
Here’s what you need to know about the variety of ways in which asphalt driveways can improve your property – the value of it included.
#1. Increased Curb Appeal
When looking for ways to improve your property, it’s always a good idea to take a gander at the other houses in your neighborhood. For instance, if your house is the only one with a gravel driveway, this will make it worth less than the ones with paved driveways.
On the other hand, if you live somewhere where dirt and gravel driveways are commonplace, an asphalt driveway sets your home apart in the best way possible. Paving your driveway says that you care about how your property looks and that you care about doing what you can to keep your cars and the cars of any guests in good condition.
It’s a simple matter of fact that the nicer your home looks, the more attractive it will be to potential buyers. If your home looks nicer than others in the neighborhood, you can get a better price for it. However, if it isn’t up to par, this gives potential buyers leg-room to try to get a lower price than you’re asking for.
#2. Make Your Home Safer And More Comfortable
Who likes walking around on gravel or in mud after the rain? Not many people, that’s for certain. This can hurt your feet, make your shoes dirty, and can make your property less safe. If people were to trip on a particularly large piece of gravel or if they were to fall for whatever reason, falling on gravel presents the risk of injury.
However, when you have a beautifully smooth asphalt driveway, you don’t have to worry so much about these things. Certainly, you don’t want to walk on hot asphalt during the summer, but everything from concrete to sand can burn your feet in the summer, so you’d be wearing shoes anyway. Asphalt is safer and more comfortable to walk on. And the safer and more comfortable the property, the more you can increase property value.
#3. Protect Your Cars
There’s a lot that can go wrong when you have dirt or gravel driveways. For instance, if there’s a big rainstorm, that would leave your driveway a muddy mess. The puddles can splash onto your car, making it so much dirtier, which could damage your paint if you don’t clean it. Plus, if there are pits in your driveway, you run the risk of getting stuck – and nobody wants this!
If you have a gravel driveway, this means that you’re going to need to worry about rock chips. These can do a lot of damage to your paint and your windows. Indeed, they could even necessitate new windows or paint if they’re bad enough.
Some people won’t even drive on unpaved driveways due to the fact that they want to avoid damaging their cars. As such, asphalt driveways increase property value by helping to prevent damage to your vehicles.
#4. Good For Cold Climates
Asphalt driveways are often preferable to concrete driveways when you live somewhere that gets cold. This is because asphalt is less likely to be damaged by the freeze-thaw process than concrete is. You also don’t have to worry so much about whether or not your driveway will be damaged by salt and deicing agents.
Plus, if your asphalt driveways does sustain damage, it’s usually fairly easy to fix. You can get both crack repair and pothole repair. Since asphalt is not as expensive as concrete, this means that when the time eventually comes to replace your asphalt, you won’t be spending as much as you would otherwise.
Are Asphalt Driveways Worth It?
As you can see, there are a variety of ways in which asphalt driveways can increase property value, and we haven’t even touched on them all. As such, asphalt driveways are more than worth the initial investment.
Precision Asphalt Maintenance provides professional asphalt services, from paving to repairs. Contact us today to learn more or to receive a quote for your project and let us help you improve your property!