Asphalt VS. Concrete Driveways- What You Need to Know

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So you are looking for a new driveway for your home and have come across two different options: asphalt or concrete driveways. They both have their own benefits, but here is everything you need to know about these two methods to help you decide!

What is the adhesive?

Asphalt uses tar, and cement uses concrete as the adhesive.

How long does it take to set?

Asphalt needs only a few hours to set before you can drive on it, whereas concrete requires a few days.

Aesthetics

Asphalt is limited in the finish. The standard is a deep black that matches the majority of roads. In terms of popularity, 94% of roads in the U.S. are surfaced with asphalt.

Concrete has the ability to be a bit more varied. It is an easier material to work with to get different finishes, and it is available in upwards of 250 different hues and shades to work with. In addition, concrete driveways can be stamped with different designs, can be etched or engraved, and can have different finishes, such as exposed aggregate or brushed.

Climate conditions

Hot climates can cause asphalt problems. The sun can cause the asphalt to go soft, become tacky, and possibly deform.

Concrete on the other hand, has an issue with colder climates. It can crack from the frost, and the ice melting has the potential to leave pits in the driveway, which can look blotchy.

Maintenance

An asphalt driveway needs resealing once every six months to a year in order to prevent cracks and crumbling. This will also extend the lifetime of the driveway, which can be up to 30 years.

On the other hand, a concrete driveway needs sealing to preserve its look and finish, as it can stain faster than its asphalt counterpart. A good concrete driveway can last anywhere between 25 to 50 years, so you do not want those stains building up!
Asphalt and concrete driveways can benefit a majority of homeowners, depending on their needs. If you have any questions or would like a recommendation on what would be good for your home, contact the professionals at ACT Asphalt Specialties today!