Is Porous Asphalt Right For Your Driveway?

Porous asphalt is not just for commercial use. It can also be used for residential lots. Your driveway and sidewalk can all be constructed with the material. If you are unsure if porous asphalt is right for your home, here is what you need to know.  

How Does the Asphalt Work? 

Porous asphalt functions differently than other materials that you can use to build your driveway. Since the asphalt is porous, it allows water to drain through it. The water can then flow to the stone bed beneath the driveway.  

The asphalt is very durable and can last longer than some other materials with proper care. This is one of the main reasons that businesses tend to turn to porous asphalt for their paving needs.  

There are some differences between porous and standard asphalt. For instance, whereas standard tends to be relatively smooth, the porous asphalt is a bit more coarse. However, it is still smooth enough to use for sidewalks and driveways.  

Why Should You Use Porous Asphalt? 

There are several benefits to using porous asphalt for your new driveway. For instance, since most of the water from rainfall, snow, and ice will eventually sink through the drive and into the stone bed beneath, there is far less runoff. As a result, you do not have to be as concerned with irrigation and possible flooding. 

Another benefit is that it is good for the environment. The material requires far less to manufacture than other types of materials. By reduction in energy used to manufacture the asphalt means less odor and emissions.  

Porous asphalt is more expensive than standard asphalt, but the benefits can outweigh the costs. The extended lifespan of the porous asphalt means that you get far more use out of the material. You also can save on other elements, such as the irrigation system.  

Are There Any Drawbacks? 

Despite all of the benefits of porous asphalt, there are a couple of drawbacks to consider. For instance, the material requires extra care when cleaning. If you fail to clean it properly, the surface can start to clog, which means you could have a runoff issue.  

Another possible issue is that if you clean the surface with the wrong materials, you could reduce the lifespan of the material.  

Talk to a paving contractor to further learn about the benefits of using porous asphalt. He or she can also advise you on the proper way to care for your driveway.