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What is the average life expectancy of an asphalt driveway?
Friday, May 29, 2020
How long does an asphalt driveway last?
You can expect an asphalt driveway to last 12 to 20 years, with an average of 17 years. The flexibility of asphalt makes it preferable to concrete in northern climates to better withstand the winter freeze/thaw cycles.
Eventually, all asphalt driveways crack and become unsightly. Pockets of missing asphalt can also become trip hazards. Minor cracks can be repaired, but each homeowner has a different point at which they decide it’s time for replacement. For the ADA definition of a trip hazard, go to What floor level change is a trip hazard?
Here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancy of an asphalt driveway to other driveway materials and site amenities.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about a home’s SITE:
• Why do so many more sinkholes open up after a hurricane?
• Should I seal the pavers at my patio and driveway or not?
• How much is the ground required to slope away from a house?
• What is a chimney sinkhole? • How do I recognize structural problems in a retaining wall?
• What are the warning signs of a sinkhole?
• What causes sinkholes? • How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?
• What should I do about a tree with roots running under my house?
• Will the electric company trim branches rubbing against the overhead service lines to my house?
• How can trees damage a house?
• What is my chance of buying a Florida home over a sinkhole?
• Which trees are most likely to fall over on your house in a hurricane?
Visit our SITE page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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