If you admire the appearance of a sleek, clean look of a new concrete driveway, bear in mind that this look may not last very long. The light-gray color of concrete readily shows tire marks, mud, automotive fluid stains, and other unattractive marks and spills. Large cracks or other damage to the concrete surface may stand out and call attention to themselves for the same reason.
Asphalt hides these cosmetic defects more easily than concrete. Its relatively dark coloration serves as a kind of natural camouflage for stains, cracks, and spills. You can also remove many stains from asphalt with the aid of common household cleaning products.
Now that you understand some key differences between asphalt and concrete, the decision of which material to select for your driveway should come more easily. If you've already decided to make your next driveway an asphalt driveway, contact Arrow Blacktop & Masonry, Inc., to discuss your needs and request an estimate.
Both concrete and asphalt can develop cracks or other blemishes over time, especially in extreme weather. Unfortunately, concrete driveways don't lend themselves to simple or cosmetically appealing repairs. Efforts to cover or fill deep cracks may look worse than the cracks themselves.
You can do little to improve the appearance of a concrete driveway sporting multiple deep cracks and other kinds of unsightly damage. This worst-case scenario may force you to remove the entire driveway and have your installer create a new one from scratch, which in turn will involve a whole new installation fee.
Asphalt presents a softer, more easily worn surface than concrete. This characteristic may require you to schedule periodic maintenance for your driveway, but it also enables you to patch any incremental damage quickly, easily and affordably. The new asphalt should blend in with the older asphalt fairly easily.
If you decide that you need to replace your entire asphalt driveway, you'll find it a much simpler and more cost-effective project than the replacement of a concrete driveway. Instead of removing the current pavement, you can simply place a new asphalt topcoat on top of it.
Asphalt lacks the strength of concrete, but it also lacks concrete's brittleness. The inherent flexibility of its ingredients and structure allows the material to swell or shrink as the temperature rises and falls. This trait can prove especially useful in colder weather, which often causes the more brittle concrete to crack.
If you plan to replace your driveway or add a driveway to a new home, you may struggle to decide between two popular paving materials: concrete and asphalt. Take a look at these compelling reasons about why you may want to select asphalt for your driveway.
After an installer pours and smooths wet concrete, that concrete must undergo a process known as curing. During this process, a combination of time, continuous moisture, and chemical reactions allow the concrete to dry and strengthen without cracking.
A concrete driveway typically requires about seven days to dry and harden into its final consistency. Not only does this requirement delay your ability to start using your new driveway but it also means that the driveway remains extremely vulnerable to any kind of pressure or other damage for an entire week.
Asphalt pouring and forming also includes a curing stage, but you can actually start walking on your new asphalt driveway within a day or so. You can start driving and parking on the asphalt driveway within three to five days, although the driveway will continue to harden for several additional months.