When you are looking to remodel your driveway, and are considering through the option here are somethings you should consider when deciding between asphalt or concrete driveway solutions.
Benefits of Asphalt Driveways
There are many benefits to an asphalt driveway. First, asphalt can last up to 20-40 years with good maintenance. Asphalt is a strong surface that only requires sealcoating every 3-5 years. If you ensure to sealcoat your driveway it will help to prevent cracks and distress to the pavement due to intense UV rays and the other outside elements.
The upfront cost of asphalt tends to be cheaper, which is also what makes it preferential for some homeowners. While it tends to be cheaper upfront, make sure that you pay for the maintenance in the form of sealcoating ever 3-5 years to maintain its life.
Asphalt cures quicker, allowing you to drive on it within 24 hours of it being laid. This allows you to quickly get back to your life and have minimal disruptions with the construction of your driveway.
Benefits of Concrete Driveway
Concrete tends to be more expensive up front, but has minimal maintenance requirements. It is a low maintenance solution and leaves your driveway looking great. If you are wanting to have a distinction from the road to your driveway, concrete is a great solution.
In addition, concrete also has a pretty long life cycle. Concrete is a very sturdy material and can last up to 40-50 years.
Unlike with asphalt, you can add designs, patterns and marks into your concrete driveway. With asphalt, it is laid on with a roller to make it compact and thus lose any opportunity for a design in the driveway, but with concrete you can customize it.
Other things to consider:
The one thing that causes distress and causes concrete to crack more readily is ice. When moisture falls onto the concrete and freezes it tends to break up the structure, making it more likely for cracks to occur. If you live in the north, asphalt may be a better solution in order to avoid the cracks and distress caused by cold winters.
In addition, concrete tends to be lighter so things like oil spills will show up more distinct on concrete driveways than asphalt driveways.
Regardless of what decision you choose, make sure that you select a contractor who will create a strong and sturdy sub-base and who will take note of water drainage. These two factors are foundational in making sure that your driveway lasts a long time and will help to prevent cracking. Having an uneven and weak sub-base will lead towards cracking. In addition, if water pools on top of your driveway then it will seep into the structure and cause distress. This is why it is important to have a contractor who will help to create a driveway that drains properly so that water does not pool on top.
This article was sponsored by Atlanta Paving Solutions, your Atlanta asphalt paving contractor. Atlanta Paving Solutions works on both commercial and residential properties to help them have the best paving solutions.