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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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3 Signs That Your Asphalt Driveway Needs Some TLC

You probably rely on your asphalt driveway and use it on a daily basis. If you have had it a while and have not done much or any maintenance on it, there might be a chance that it needs a bit of repair. Fortunately, this is something that an asphalt paving company can help you with. These are three signs that your asphalt driveway might need a little bit of TLC.

1. It's Starting to Fade

One of the first signs that your asphalt driveway is getting older is that the color might change. When your asphalt driveway was first poured, it might have been a nice, rich shade of black. From fading from the sun and overall wear and tear, your driveway might now look a lot more gray than it does black. Once your driveway starts to fade, it's often a good idea to hire an asphalt paving company to come out and refinish it. This can help you achieve the same rich, dark color that it once had and can help you ensure that it's in good repair.

2. There Are Cracks or Potholes

Even if your driveway was professionally installed and even if the job was done right, minor cracks and potholes can appear over time. The problem with this is that the cracks and holes are generally only going to get worse. For many homeowners, you have to worry about water seeping into these imperfections and then freezing during the winter months, which can cause them to get bigger. Plus, regular use of a driveway that is starting to crack or that has holes can cause it to wear out more quickly as well. Fortunately, just because there are some minor imperfections in your driveway does not mean that it has to be replaced. An asphalt repair company can fix the cracks and holes in many cases help prevent further damage, making your driveway nice and smooth once again with sealcoating.

3. Water Stands on the Driveway When it Rains

After really heavy rain, it might not be unusual for water to pool on your driveway. If this is a common problem -- even when it does not rain very much -- then you could have a drainage issue. The standing water can cause more wear and tear for your driveway, so you're going to want to have an asphalt repair professional come out to get to the bottom of the problem. This can help you keep your driveway dry.