Summer is a great time for biking, skating, walking and driving. While dirt roads or gravel parking lots provide their own charm, nothing beats the smooth ride that asphalt can provide. Laying this environmentally friendly material on you property is generally considered an excellent investment. Summer is also an opportune season to install asphalt, since this material requires warm weather to set correctly. The surface temperature should be roughly between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here are some classic asphalt projects for consider for summer.

1. Driveways

When guests come to visit your home, you want to make a good first impression with a smooth, level, visually appealing driveway installation. In addition to visual benefits, asphalt is structurally strong and very long lasting, with an average lifespan up to two decades or more.

If your home already has an asphalt driveway, and it’s beginning to show signs of wear, you may want to consider resurfacing or repair this summer. It’s also worth paying attention to how well your parking lot is leveled, and whether the drainage is functioning properly.

2. Parking Lots

Customers arriving at your business are first greeted by the parking lot out front. Stepping out onto a faded parking lot with weeds seeping through the plentiful cracks creates the impression that your business is neglected and lacking a regular stream of customers. If a customer steps out onto a crack-free, shiny black parking lot, they can see that you care about and readily invest in your business. Gravel lots may be a cheaper option than asphalt, but gravel certainly does not provide the durability that asphalt does. When you have an asphalt lot, you will not have to worry about canyons forming in your lot whenever it rains, which would stop many customers from parking there.

2. Walkways

Summer is an excellent time to install the walking pavement that you have been picturing in front of your home, business, or in your garden pathway. Asphalt walkways are easier to maintain than brick or stone walkways, since weeds cannot peak through the spaces between. Also, asphalt does not move when you walk on it. Asphalt walkways offer a finished look for your home or business, and they require very little maintenance over the long time.

Choosing an Asphalt Professional

When you decide to tackle an asphalt project this summer, you’ll need a qualified and knowledgeable professional to give you the right advice and perform the best work. You may want to ask for references, and ask people you know who they hired for asphalt installations (and how the experience went). Online reviews are also a great way to get a sense of the most reputable asphalt contractors in your area.

This summer is a great time for affordable and long-lasting asphalt installation projects for your home or business — but don’t forget, quality matters! Finding the right contractor, and having your work guaranteed in writing, can make all the difference when it comes to your summer asphalt projects.