When we talk about constructing our driveway, we have to choose between the two most common materials which are, asphalt and concrete. Both materials have benefits and drawbacks but, it will depend on some factors like your budget, aesthetics and where you reside.
Cost of Installation
In all cases, asphalt driveways are way much cheaper compared to the concrete ones. Concrete will cost you 45% more hence, a lot of buyers go for asphalt in most areas. However, we need to consider how the materials will last and how they can resist elements of the changing weather because we do not want frequent repairs that will cost us more.
The nature of asphalt is more reliable when it comes to colder climate; its constant exposure to higher temperature makes it soft. In such condition, cracks and grooves may appear on the driveway which will require more repair. On the other hand, concrete driveways are more resistant to high temperatures but, in cold climates we should ensure that the base of the driveway is supported with compact gravel. If not filled properly, concrete driveways can severely be affected by heavy frost. For this reason, we use salt to combat the ice and snow that may damage the concrete driveway. In that sense, it is easier to deal with asphalt when it comes to crack repairs.
Sealing of asphalt driveways are done every 4 to 5 years. It is petroleum based which makes it very elastic at the time it was installed. Over time, the oil oxidizes and loses its moisture. The asphalt will turn to gray and the composition becomes brittle. This usually takes months to occur. So in order to prevent this kind of problem, asphalt should be sealed immediately after installing; it will be soft and moisturized and will remain that way. This will prevent break downs and ruts.
If maintained properly and sealed, asphalt driveways will last around 30 years, but with no proper maintenance it can deteriorate which leads to costly repairs or replacement. On the other hand, concrete drive ways will last for 50 years with a longer maintenance of sealing applied every year.
If you want to learn more about asphalt and concrete pavings, you may visit the internet for more details. If you have already decided whether to go for concrete or asphalt for you driveway, you may contact us at (905) 944-1002.