The majority of residential and also commercial driveways are finished with concrete or asphalt.
Both are reasonable in terms of price but asphalt has more advantages in the long run.
The way it is made says it all: concrete is made of aggregate (sand, crushed rocks…) mixed with cement and water. Asphalt is made of aggregate too but its binder is bitumen. Both are durable and hard but asphalt accommodates imperfections a lot better.
Faster Installation and Usability
Asphalt pavement can be installed in as little as a one or two days and you will be able to use it after waiting for only another couple days. Installation duration depends on the size of your driveway obviously. Once the asphalt reaches outside air temperature, it can withstand traffic.
If you compare this to a concrete pavement that takes twice longer to be installed and set, there is really no comparison possible. Asphalt wins in this case.
Concrete is a lot more prone to cracking and breaking compared to asphalt. Asphalt has a lot more flexibility and is less prone to cracking over time. Poor installation of your concrete can result in what is called “spalling”. Your driveway will remain in better condition for a longer time if you use asphalt.
Lower Maintenance Costs
If your asphalt driveway starts showing some signs of aging such as linear cracking, you can easily purchase a crack sealant on your own. Many home improvement shops sell it freely and you can apply all by yourself without even calling a professional. You can do it by yourself in one afternoon. All this will save you money in the end.
We strongly recommend that you perform preventive maintenance tasks on a regular basis if you want to increase your driveway lifespan. Sealcoating, crack filling, sweeping…all these operations are generally enough to maintain your asphalt driveway in good condition. In contrast, it is a lot harder to maintain concrete driveways since they can’t be heated and repaired as easily as asphalt.
Asphalt’s black color is an added benefit
Black retains sun and heat better than concrete. It means that during winter snow will melt faster. It is an added feature that increases the safety of your residence and your commercial premises.
And don’t forget that asphalt is 100% recyclable. Whether it is for a new construction or repairs, asphalt is the wisest choice you can make for the long term. Cement paving is a lot less convenient in comparison.
In conclusion, asphalt paving will provide you with better structural integrity and a more pleasant driving surface, even if you use heavy vehicles.
Give us a call now at 770-629-0496 if you want to learn more about our asphalt paving solutions in and around Atlanta, GA. Let us take care of your driveways and walkways!