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Concrete vs Asphalt
Asphalt and concrete are the most common materials used to pave driveways. Concrete and asphalt driveways each offer their own set of benefits. If you live in a cold environment and want to install a concrete driveway, first cover the base with gravel and compact it. Otherwise, frost heaves could crack and break the driveway. Furthermore, salt corrosion is a concern for concrete, which is commonly used on roads in colder climates. If you live in a hot or humid area and are considering asphalt paving, keep in mind that asphalt can soften and become rut-prone in the sun.
Installing concrete driveways is more expensive than asphalt driveways. Asphalt-paved driveways, on the other hand, require a lot more maintenance over time to stay safe. Asphalt driveways should be sealed every 3-5 years at the absolute least. Even if a do-it-yourself homeowner can seal each window on their own, it will cost them money and time. A automobile must also dry for at least two days before being parked on the sealer. Because the light oils associated with asphalt must first evaporate, a newly asphalted driveway should not be sealed for at least 6-9 months. A driveway that has been cemented too quickly will remain soft indefinitely.
Concrete driveways do not have to be off-white, and asphalt driveways do not have to be black. Driveways made of asphalt and concrete can be painted in a variety of hues. First, talk to any potential paving providers about the color options for your driveway project.
Asphalt driveways can endure up to 30 years if properly maintained. Concrete driveways have the potential to last even longer. Both, however, necessitate the establishment of a strong basis. Both will crack over time if not built on a firm basis, especially in colder climates. Concrete driveway fractures are more difficult to repair than asphalt fissures.
When considering concrete driveways, the slope of the driveway should also be considered. Concrete driveways can separate from the base they're built on over time, resulting in unsightly fractures.
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