Asphalt and concrete are two of the most popular materials used to build driveways. Each has its own particular advantages and disadvantages. If you're planning to add a driveway to your property, here are two factors you should take into consideration before deciding which of these materials to use:
Asphalt driveways are usually substantially cheaper to build than their concrete counterparts and as such, are a popular choice amongst budget-conscious homeowners. However, if you're on a tight budget, it is important to bear in mind that whilst the initial outlay of an asphalt driveway might be lower than that of a concrete one, it could end up costing you a lot more in the long-term.
This is because asphalt is significantly softer than concrete and is, and therefore, more susceptible to damage caused by heavy foot and vehicle traffic. Due to this, driveways made from this material need to be resealed about once every three or four years and resurfaced about once a decade. The cost of resealing and resurfacing can add up quickly; over the course of ten years or so, you could end up spending thousands on this expense.
Concrete driveways, on the other hand, are extremely robust. As such, they do not need to be resurfaced regularly and only require the attention of a concrete repair specialist if they sustain damage caused by a strong impact or extreme temperature fluctuations.
The climate of the region in which your property is located should also be taken into account when deciding what material to use for your driveway.
As mentioned above, concrete is a very durable material. However, because of its high levels of porosity, it can develop cracks if it is exposed to fluctuating temperatures. When rainwater enters concrete and the temperatures drop very low, the water will freeze. This freezing action results in the expansion of the water, which puts pressure on the concrete and causes it to crack. Given this, if you live in a wet, cold climate, it would be wise to opt for asphalt rather than concrete.
Conversely, if you reside in a very hot climate and your driveway will be positioned in an area that receives direct sunlight, asphalt might not be the best choice. This is because asphalt softens when exposed to high temperatures. In this softened state, it can be more susceptible to damage. Heat does not, however, have any significant impact on concrete and as such, is usually the best driveway material for those living in warmer climates.
Hello, my name is Eric and this is my concrete blog. I am not a concrete contractor but I have recently learnt quite a lot about concrete and concrete pumping. I decided to lay a new concrete drive at my home. The drive is very long and very wide so I needed a lot of concrete. I didn't fancy carrying all this concrete so I opted for a concrete pump. I wasn't exactly sure how to operate this piece of equipment so I contacted a contractor who came out and assisted me. I learnt so much from this guy that I decided to start this blog.