Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

The Pros And Cons Of Asphalt And Concrete Driveways

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If you are looking to have a new driveway installed, you will probably be choosing between asphalt and concrete. While other materials can be used with a driveway, these are two of the most popular options. Each of these materials has both benefits and drawbacks. Here are some pros and cons of each so you can decide which one is a better option for your home.

Asphalt

Many homeowners choose to have an asphalt driveway installed. Asphalt is typically made from asphalt cement, along with a combination of rock and sand mixed in. It can be applied as hot or cold asphalt.

Pros:

One of the main benefits of asphalt driveways is that they are budget-friendly. While concrete driveways also don't cost much, and definitely not as much as those made from brick or natural stone, asphalt tends to be even cheaper. You should also be aware of the fact that asphalt is very easy to maintain. Aside from sweeping and washing it occasionally, it doesn't need much care. You may occasionally need to repair cracks. Asphalt is also great at handling hot temperatures, so it is ideal in desert climates.

Cons:

A downside to asphalt is that it isn't quite as durable and concrete and may be easier to damage from heavy equipment and vehicles. It also requires a professional to install it. Some people may be able to install certain types of concrete driveways, but you need a professional to install your asphalt driveway. This may increase the overall costs a bit. While it is good for hot temperatures, it might not hold up if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow and ice.

Concrete

You can also choose to have a concrete driveway installed. This material is made up of cement, water, and often gravel or sand as well. It will either be installed by a large cement mixer in a poured concrete slab, or with individual concrete pavers.

Pros:

Concrete is a hard, durable surface, often taking on less damage than with asphalt. Another benefit to choosing concrete is that if you have pavers installed, they are easier to repair. You can remove individual pavers that get cracked and replace them, instead of having to fill cracks and provide other types of damage. Concrete can also be dyed, so you have more aesthetic options.

Cons:

You will need to provide a little more maintenance with a concrete driveway. Oil and grease easily stain the material, so you need to make sure you wash it thoroughly on a regular basis. With asphalt, it is a dark colour and still needs to be washed, but stains are not as obvious. Click here for more information.

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17 March 2016