Asphalt Versus Concrete Driveways

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When putting in a new driveway, people usually choose between asphalt paving and concrete.  Each material has its pros and cons, so it's important to understand these before making a decision.

Appearance

An asphalt driveway has a black surface that will look more like the road, allowing it to blend in more. A concrete driveway will be more of an off white color, although there are surface treatments that can be used to give it a different look and it can even be stamped to give it a different texture. Stains are more likely to show on the lighter color of concrete than on the darker asphalt.

Durability

Although concrete is initially more expensive, it can last about twice as long as an asphalt driveway if it's properly maintained. Asphalt can get a bit soft in high heat, but concrete can crack in very cold temperatures, so which driveway surface is better also depends in part on the climate where you live. Salt and certain de-icing products can also damage concrete driveways. Also, either option needs a good foundation if it's going to last. This is especially important for concrete driveways, which can crack if not placed on a solid and even foundation.

Maintenance

A concrete driveway doesn't need much in the way of routine maintenance, although it can be sealed or degreased from time to time. An asphalt driveway needs to be resealed every few years. Asphalt driveways are easier to repair and can be resurfaced, however, while concrete driveways are hard to repair and can't be resurfaced.

Cost

If you're choosing by initial cost alone, you'll want to put in an asphalt driveway. A concrete driveway can cost as much as 45 percent more than one made of asphalt. However, given its longer lifespan it may be worth it for people who live in the right climate.

Other Considerations

Oil leaks won't be noticeable on asphalt, as they would be on concrete, but gas leaks can damage asphalt. Be aware that if you install a concrete driveway, you won't be able to drive on it for about a week because the concrete needs to cure. This isn't the case with asphalt, which you can drive on almost right away that same day. If you live in an area with a homeowners' association, there may be restrictions on what materials you can use for your driveway. There may also be local building codes that could specify what type of driveway materials can be used in an area.

Contact a contractor like Construction Asphalt Paving Services Inc for more information.

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Making That Concrete Special

Your driveway serves a lot of purposes, but is looks one of them? Although you might not think that it is possible to beautify that boring, gray concrete, the fact of the matter is that with concrete contractors, anything is possible. In addition to dying your cement and adding interesting details, concrete contractors can also cut in interesting etchings or add a cobblestone border around your existing space. The goal of my blog is to inform the general public about all of the incredible services paving contractors offer these days. By reading through this blog, you might be able to make your driveway the focal point of your yard.