The Difference Between Concrete And Asphalt Driveways

There are several pros and cons to consider in choosing concrete or Asphalt Driveways. The materials are each made from sand and stone and gravel is the base for either driveway. In addition, asphalt takes a few hours to cure while concrete requires several days. The major difference is the adhesive. Asphalt driveways use tar and concrete driveways use cement. Here are some other factors to consider.

Aesthetics

Basic concrete and Asphalt Driveways come in shades of black and grey. However, the owner can change the driveway’s appearance. Asphalt and concrete can be stained, etched or stamped. Discuss the various processes with your contractor and try to view some of their work. It may give you some ideas for your driveway.

Climate

There has always been a big debate over which technique works best for colder climates. Indeed, asphalt may be preferred because concrete cracks in colder temperatures. In addition, salt and other ice melt products can damage concrete. Likewise, asphalt can melt and change shape in hotter climates. Rely on a seasoned contractor to make a recommendation if climate is a concern.

Maintenance

Each type of driveway requires maintenance to last a long time. An asphalt driveway should last for thirty years if sealed properly. The driveway should be sealed a few months after installation and every five years thereafter. Concrete driveways last for fifty years without a sealant. Nonetheless, a sealant is laid to preserve the concrete’s appearance. This is a concern because oil stains concrete badly.

It is easier to repair an asphalt driveway. Asphalt repairs blend better than concrete. That’s because the color of new concrete will not match the original. In addition, it is much cheaper to resurface an asphalt driveway.

Cost

There’s no debate that asphalt is cheaper than concrete. Further, contractors charge by the square foot to install driveways. The final charge will include labor and the costs of any designs, paint or sealants. Experts say prices can change depending on where a homeowner lives. Moreover, asphalt prices are affected by the crude oil market. If you’re thinking about installing a driveway, have Sullivan Paving come out and give you an estimate. You can also visit them on Google My Business.

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