Have you ever seen a movie that offered a realistic depiction of “horseless carriages” and the gear that the drivers wore? If so, you probably remember the long coats they wore to protect their clothing and the goggles they wore that left the provided the only clean areas on their faces. Although modern vehicles have windshields to offer greater protection, a car moving down an unpaved road still puts a lot of dust in the air. This makes it hard for the driver to see, and it also means that he will need to wash his car more frequently. The dust can also make breathing comfortably more difficult for the driver as well as those who live or work in the area.
To Pave or Not to Pave
Have you ever driven down a dirt road immediately after a heavy rain? If you were lucky, you were able to avoid getting stuck in the mud. You might have found that your car was slipping and sliding in the mud. If other vehicles had passed that way, you may have encountered deep ruts that they left behind.
Have you taken a new car down a gravel road recently? If so, do you remember the sounds of rocks hitting your car? Did you notice any chipped paint afterwards? If you were following another vehicle, did it kick up a few rocks that bounced off your windshield?
Most drivers agree that paved roads offer superior driving conditions. The debate over whether to pave typically revolves around money. There are those who feel that maintaining a heavily traveled asphalt road will be more expensive than maintaining the same road as a gravel road. The reality is that the opposite is true.
• Maintaining a high-volume gravel road can cost almost twice as much as maintaining an asphalt road of the same length and traffic level.
• If the road supports as few as 100 vehicles per day, the costs are more than twice as much for a gravel road than for asphalt pavement.
There might be situations that may not justify the cost of asphalt paving a road. For example, if yours is the only house down a 2-mile dirt road and you will have to bear the full expense yourself, you might not be willing to have the road paved. However, you might want to discuss the impact the dirt road has on your property value with a realtor if you ever decide to sell your home.
LDC Paving is a full-service asphalt paving, repair and maintenance provider serving the Houston metropolitan area and surrounding counties. Whether you need paving, sealcoating, crack-filling, pothole repairs, parking lot striping or any other asphalt-related service, our crews have the expertise to make sure that you will receive quality results within schedule and at competitive rates. You can use our online form to request a free quote, or call our office at 832-640-7296.