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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?
Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about a home’s SITE:
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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