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Asphalt Vs Concrete: The Great Debate

There are endless debates about what material you should use on your driveway. The options are plentiful, but the two most commonly used materials are asphalt and concrete. There are advantages and disadvantages of each. Depending on your personal preference, you can decide which option is best for you.

Advantages of Asphalt

1. Cold Weather Duration: If you live in a very cold climate, you should steer clear of concrete because it tends to crack and frost over in freezing weather. If you live in an area where you have to use ice on your driveway, the ice used can create pits in concrete. Asphalt is flexible, whereas concrete is not. Because of this, asphalt is better in cold weather places.

2. Price: Asphalt has a much lower installation cost and is a less expensive material than concrete. After installation, depending on the specifics of the material, asphalt can end up being about half the price of concrete.

3. Easy Maintenance: While concrete driveways have to be replaced when they start to break down, asphalt driveways can simply be resurfaced. As opposed to concrete, Spot repair is pretty simple as well, and it's easier to blend repairs in with an asphalt driveway than a concrete one.

4. Doesn't Show Stains: Because asphalt is darker than concrete, it doesn't show oil stains as well. So if your car leaks oil or gas, or if you spill something on an asphalt driveway, it's less likely to show.

Advantages of Concrete

1. Longevity: If done right, concrete driveways can last upwards of 50 years or more. The only real maintenance required is resealing every few years. Asphalt, with proper maintenance, only lasts half that time, so in 20 or so years you'll be doing it all over again.

2. Aesthetics: This could go either way depending on personal preference, but concrete has more options than asphalt. You can't really change the color of asphalt, but concrete can be tinted, stained, or stamped to change the color and look of your driveway.

3. Hot Weather Duration: If you live in a hot climate, you should lean towards a concrete driveway. Asphalt can soften and deform. If it's hot enough, you can even track some of the asphalt into your home on your shoes.

Both concrete and asphalt have their advantages and disadvantages. If you live in a cold weather climate, are on a tight budget, looking for easy maintenance, or you want to hide stains, go with asphalt. If you live in a hot climate, want something that lasts longer, or has different surface options, go with concrete. To learn more, contact a company like AAA Paving and Sealing


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