How to Choose Between Concrete & Asphalt Driveway

A Beautiful Path To Your Home
Driveways are lead a path to your home or your business. A beautifully laid one not only makes its look beautiful but also brings about many new elements to your property. However, when you are building a new driveway or refreshing the one you already have, it is important to choose the right materials.
The two main materials that you can choose from are Concrete and Asphalt. If you are new to these, you may wonder what is the difference between building a driveway with either of the materials. Though both have similar properties as they are gravel-based, made with stone and sand, the basic difference is the adhesive materials added. Asphalt is made with petroleum-based products and concrete is made out of cement.
Below we have listed some ways how you can see the difference in their properties to choose one that is right for you.
Cost of Installation
Asphalt driveways are generally cheaper than concrete-made ones. Though, as Asphalt requires crude oil, the prices may fluctuate a little on the market conditions. As for concrete driveways, the price may be higher as you can make them more customized as per your choice of colors, patterns, and textures.
Weather Conditions
Both Asphalt and Concrete based driveways have benefits depending on the local weather. A quick search according to will inform you how important climate consideration is before you make this decision. Concrete can crack in cold conditions whereas Asphalt in hot conditions will cause the top layer to soften and deform. By getting a professional contractor who is aware of the local weather conditions, you can get the right recommendation on which material is best for your driveway. This will avoid future unnecessary expenses and the need to repair your driveway as the weather changes.
Better Appearance

Everyone prefers their property to look beautiful and unique. A well-laid-out driveway can add another element of beauty to your house. Both Asphalt and concrete can give the appearance of a black and white driveway. However, they both have a difference in appearance and finishing touch. Concrete driveways can be given a tint of color as well as patterns can be added. Asphalt on the other hand is more compressed and rolled. The latest techniques do allow more colors and patterns to be added even to an existing one. This is more suitable for a classic look. To get a better idea you can check with your local contractor to see the finishing options for both and customize as per your needs.
Maintenance cost
As with all the other parts of your properties, it is also important to maintain your driveway. Several weather conditions or other factors can cause damage to it. Concrete driveways can stain easily and one needs to remove the grease to clean oil-based stains. Asphalt driveways need to be cured 6 months after being laid down. If done right, reapplication will be needed every 2 to 3 years. A good and well-laid-out driveway material can last you for a long time.
It is best to use guidance so that you can have a driveway that stays beautiful without any worry for years.

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