Is Asphalt or Concrete Best for a Driveway?

The main focus of thought when you are looking into getting a driveway comes down to what is going to last the longest for the amount of money you are paying. Asphalt and concrete driveways both have their own benefits and drastically vary in price for the initial installation which means that careful thought is necessary for you to make the best choice. It is likely that you are wondering which is better. Here is some information about both an asphalt driveway and concrete driveway to help you choose which material is the best choice.

Asphalt driveway

Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt driveways cost far less than concrete at the initial installation. It is a great choice for areas where temperatures range from mild to extreme cold because they absorb heat in a manner which helps avoid damage due to its nearly constant level of hardness. If you live in an area with seasonal extreme high temperatures, asphalt will be damaged quickly and will require resurfacing. While asphalt is initially inexpensive, it will cost nearly as much as concrete through routine maintenance. It is typically dark in color, meaning that oil stains will be less noticeable.

Concrete driveway

Concrete Driveway

Concrete is considered to be more attractive than asphalt, and is an extremely durable material which will last a very long time if it is paved correctly. It is the best choice for hot climates because it can endure extreme heat without damage. Concrete is well known to crack in cold temperatures, making repairs necessary. Concrete is also lighter in color which means that you will need to scrub out oil stains to keep it attractive.

Contact a sale representative at Dreamcoat Flooring to help you decide which material, asphalt or concrete, is the best choice for your driveway.

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