If your driveway is getting old, you need to take time to get it replaced. If you do not install a new driveway, winter will cause even more damage, and by the time spring arrives, your driveway may be in a big mess. Repairing the driveway at that point would likely cost you close to what you would have to pay to install a new one. When it comes to a driveway, you have many options to choose from, such as asphalt and concrete. Below is information about each of these options so you can decide what would work best for you.
An asphalt driveway can be installed more quickly compared to a concrete driveway. This will save you money on labor charges, as well as allow you to get back to normal sooner. Asphalt offers flexibility, so it does not crack as easily as other materials. This means it is less likely to crack even as the driveway gets older.
If you take proper care of the driveway, such as sweeping and keeping it clean, sealcoating, and filling cracks that may appear, your driveway will last many years. You should not sealcoat the driveway until approximately a year after it is poured, however, and then sealcoat it every three to four years. How long it will last depends on if the driveway is installed properly as well as if you take good care of it.
Concrete is affordable as concrete material is not expensive. A concrete driveway will last you a long time and is also durable, which means you do not have to do a lot of maintenance. This will save you money, as well as time.
One big benefit of concrete is you can choose between different colors. The contractor will add the color to the concrete as it is being mixed up and then pour it. There are a variety of colors you can choose from, such as brown, tan, green, red, and more.
You can also add even more decoration to a concrete driveway by using stamps or having the concrete texturized. You can even make the concrete mimic another type of material, such as stone. This is beneficial as a stone driveway is much more expensive than a concrete driveway.
Ask the contractor you hire about this information and they can give you more details. They can also answer any questions you may have about concrete and asphalt paving services.