20 Dec

The Unknown History of Asphalt

photo_1Asphalt, the material responsible for creating those slick black driveways and roads, has a long and winding history beyond its use in current residential and highway construction. It occurs naturally in asphalt lakes and in a mixture of sand, limestone, and asphalt rock.

Believe it or not, the use of liquid asphalt dates back to 3,000 B.C., when the Sumerians first recorded its utilization. Ancient Mesopotamians used it to waterproof temple baths and water tanks, too. It’s even said that the baby Moses’ basket was waterproofed with asphalt.  However, paved road surface pavements themselves didn’t begin until 312 B.C. when the Romans created a roadway network totaling more than 62,000 miles. Read More

10 Dec

Concrete or Asphalt? Choosing Your Driveway’s Base

IMG_1295A driveway doesn’t just exist to bridge the gap between the street and your garage; it’s an entryway for your family and visitors that establishes the atmosphere and appeal of your home. A crumbling driveway with weeds popping through exudes a drastically different message than freshly coated asphalt driveway.

If you’re in the process of building your home or looking to update the appearance of your driveway, you may find yourself weighing the pros and cons of asphalt and concrete. Which is best? Read More