If you’re in the market for a new driveway, you have probably realized you have a big choice to make when it comes time to pave. Most homeowners choose between concrete and asphalt, and while they are similar, there are also some major differences between the two. Your decision will likely be based upon several factors, including the climate, the cost and the aesthetic appearance.
It’s important to consider the climate when deciding between asphalt paving and concrete paving, especially if you live somewhere that gets very hot or very cold. Concrete has been known to crack in extremely cold temperatures, and the salt that gets poured on driveways and walkways to prevent slipping can create visible craters and pits in the concrete.
Asphalt usually suffers most in the summertime. Since it is a tar-based product, it melts easily in scorching temperatures. This can cause deformities in your driveway or walkway. Before you decide between concrete and asphalt, make sure to speak with a professional and consider the climate where you live.
Generally, it is much cheaper to install asphalt than concrete. While this doesn’t take into consideration any maintenance costs, it is a better alternative if you’re trying to stick to a tight budget. The cost of asphalt paving may vary slightly depending upon the fluctuation in crude oil prices. Concrete is generally a little more expensive than asphalt, but can also be more aesthetically pleasing.
The Aesthetic Appearance
While it’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, plenty of people tend to appreciate the look of asphalt. Asphalt can also be tinted to make it a slightly different color.
There are many pros and cons to both asphalt and concrete. However if you’ve decided on asphalt give us a call at Lior Excavating! We can deliver quality asphalt installations just call us or click here for a quote!