An Asphalt Driveway Edging Guide

temp-post-imageWhether you plan to have your first asphalt driveway installed soon or your home already has an asphalt driveway, you should learn about asphalt driveway edging and its benefits. Driveway edging is the process of installing a protective border between your driveway and surrounding grass or landscaping.

This edging protection not only helps prevent damage and degradation of your asphalt driveway, but it also helps keep the landscaping surrounding your driveway in good shape.

Read on to learn about the benefits of asphalt edging and just a few of your many driveway edging options.

Asphalt Edging Benefits

Not only can asphalt edging improve the appearance of your driveway, but it also offers the following benefits.

Protect Driveway Edges From Cracking

While asphalt pavement is strong and durable, the edges of an asphalt driveway are prone to cracking and chipping when they are not properly protected. In addition, while most of your asphalt driveway can be repaired relatively easily when it cracks, driveway edges are difficult to repair after they have suffered damage.

Asphalt edging protects and strengthens the edges of your driveway to prevent cracking and chipping that cannot only appear unsightly but may also spread to other areas of your driveway.

Prevent Asphalt Erosion

While all asphalt erodes over time due to exposure to the elements, the right edging can help keep water from flowing from your lawn onto your driveway. This can prevent the erosion that water can cause. During the winter, water that flows onto your driveway will enter small pavement cracks. Then, when temperatures drop below the freezing point, this water will freeze and enlarge these cracks.

Year-round, water that flows over existing potholes can carry away bits of asphalt and enlarge the potholes over time. In addition, your asphalt sub-layer can soften when it is exposed to too much moisture, and when this layer softens, the surface asphalt layer can crack much more easily.

Protect Landscaping

The right edging does not only protect your asphalt driveway, but also the grass and other landscaping surrounding it. First, many types of edging provide a more visible border between your driveway and your lawn that helps prevent vehicles from accidentally straying off the driveway and onto the lawn.

The right edging can also help prevent a landscaping phenomenon called grass burnout or driveway burnout. Many types of pavement, including asphalt, become very hot as they absorb the sun's heat all day long. After the sun sets, the heat is released into the air. When grass located next to an asphalt driveway cannot tolerate the constant heat it is exposed to, it might die.

To prevent grass burnout next to your asphalt driveway, choose an edge material that absorbs little heat.

Asphalt Edging Options

Asphalt edging choices abound, but you might not be sure which one is right for your home. Talk to asphalt edging professionals about your goals and preferences for asphalt edging. Some common options for asphalt edging include:

  • Concrete curb (raised or flush)
  • Concrete sidewalk (standard, decorative and raised, or flush)
  • Asphalt curb (raised)
  • Rail road ties (raised)
  • Block wall (raised)
  • Fencing (raised)

Contact the paving experts at Star Paving Company to schedule our asphalt services today. We look forward to providing you with the best asphalt edging for your driveway. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us today. We will gladly answer them so that you rest assured that your asphalt edging is a quality choice for you. Please also let us know how we can help with this and any asphalt requests you have. Star Paving Company is here to fulfill your asphalt needs.