Asphalt or Concrete? The Choice is Yours; Here’s the Facts

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 20, 2016. Posted in Asphalt driveway mn, Asphalt driveway st. paul, Asphalt repair mn

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It?s spring, and with spring comes a startling realization: your driveway is no longer looking as fresh as it used to. What can you do?

When a driveway is maintained and installed correctly, it can last for many years. Over time, though, even the toughest of driveways will begin to show cracks and crumbles. Here?s the important facts you need to know for your home.

Concrete v. Asphalt

The two top choices for paving a driveway are concrete, and asphalt.
Concrete is ideal because:

  • It lasts the longest (up to 50 years) while asphalt will often need to be repaved every few years, and eventually requires replacement sooner.
  • It can come in dozens of colors and hues, and even be stamped with patterns
  • Concrete driveways are often considered the more aesthetically pleasing choice

Asphalt currently covers over 90% of America?s parking areas; any parking area you encounter today, is likely asphalt. Asphalt is considered ideal by others, considering that;

  • When it has to be repairs, asphalt driveway repair tends to be less expensive. Concrete often requires removing larger sections to replace broken areas.
  • It makes the most sense for very large areas (such as a commercial parking lot) where it would take too long, and be too complicated, to set concrete.
  • For those concerned about the environment, asphalt can often be re-used; some projects use 100% recycled asphalt, in fact!
  • Asphalt is more affordable initially, and can still last for a fair number of years.
  • Asphalt driveways can be quickly installed, while concrete often needs several days to set.

What to Expect

No matter what, you?re going to get a driveway. If you need space for one car, then you?ll need a driveway eight to nine feet in width. A two car driveway, on the other hand, will need 15 to 18 feet (get closer to 18 if you have teenagers, or you won?t have side mirrors pretty soon!). If you?re wondering whether you need a repair or a replacement, it typically depends on the level of wear and tear your driveway has already experienced. If something extreme has happened — say, you are dealing with sunken driveways — then a driveway contractor will likely recommend a total replacement.

So: is concrete or asphalt right for you? There’s no definitive answer, and most people end up happy with whatever they choose. Take a look around your neighborhood, and feel free to ask your friends what works best for your local seasonal weather conditions.

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