The driveway is one of the first things you notice as you approach a home, making it an important piece to the puzzle. Whether you are looking to install a new one or replace an existing one, a decision-making process is involved when it comes to choosing the material to be used. Materials eligible for the construction of a driveway are plenty, making it a tough decision to make. More often, homeowners will find themselves torn between two of the most common driveway materials, that is, concrete and asphalt. They both serve the purpose well, tempting one to just go for the cheaper option. However, there is a lot more to be considered. Here are some of the reasons why one may trade-off an asphalt driveway for a concrete driveway.
With time, just as expected, both concrete and asphalt will begin to wear out. Still, all other factors such as installation, weather, and maintenance kept constant, a concrete driveway is likely to last you over 10 years more than an asphalt one. Nonetheless, you still need to ensure that you take good care of it since concrete driveways are still more difficult to repair than the asphalt ones. So, as long as you are keen on the installation as well as the maintenance, you will be able to enjoy a long-lasting driveway with minimal or zero repairs.
No matter the material used, the longevity of a driveway still highly depends on how well it is maintained. However, there are still some which are in need of more care than others. In this case, an asphalt driveway is seen to be more high maintenance, with a concrete driveway requiring a minimal amount of the same. To last longer, an asphalt driveway should be sealed every 3 to 5 years. On the other hand, a concrete driveway does not require consistent sealing for it to last for long. Though, doing this occasionally can be an added advantage in terms of finishing and appearance. Due to its bright color, however, stains tend to be more conspicuous, needing more effort when it comes to the removal of the same. Still, with the right equipment and cleaning techniques, this should not be a problem as you will still enjoy an almost maintenance-free driveway.
Different materials react differently under different weather conditions. For this reason, the region in which you live in, depending on its climate, has a say in which driveway material is best suitable for you. A concrete driveway may not not do well in areas that experience extremely cold winters. This is because the cold makes it susceptible to cracks and pulls as well as staining from the salt that is used to melt the ice. On the contrary, you may want to consider a concrete driveway over an asphalt one if you live in a place with very hot summers. The reason being that the tar in asphalt will suffer from the heat by becoming soft and gummy and may even cause the driveway to lose its form in some places. Here, it is best that you seek your contractor’s guidance so as to make a more informed decision.
Fundamentally, both asphalt and a concrete driveways provide for a simple and non-exciting appearance. Depending on personal tastes and preferences, one may decide to leave it this way or to take it a notch higher. When it comes to asphalt, there is little you can do in terms of enhancing its appearance. However, if you are looking to make a statement with your driveway, then concrete will give you much more to work with. You can achieve various colors, patterns as well as textures due to its ability to be manipulated in various ways. This way, your driveway will not only serve the purpose of a pathway but also add on to the general aesthetic of your home.
At face value, an asphalt driveway seems to be the less expensive option, going at almost 50% cheaper price than a concrete driveway. However, if you include the maintenance and repair costs involved with asphalt, the gap is likely to get narrower. Also, concrete lasts longer reducing the frequency in which money is spent to do a replacement. In the long run, a concrete driveway may still end up costing you more, but, if done well, it will provide you with real value for your money.
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