The Pros And Cons Of Concrete Or Asphalt Paving
As a householder, you will be naturally looking for the best material for your front of house paving or driveway.
Maybe you haven’t really appreciated the difference between concrete driveways and asphalt ones, although any asphalt paving contractor would be quick to point out the differences between the two!
Here are some of the essential differences between these two popular materials, to help you decide which is the best one for your home project.
Concrete may be used on both pavements and driveways.
It is a very durable surface and generally, a concrete road or driveway will outlive an asphalt one.
There are further advantages, in that things like oil spills, which are so detrimental to asphalt road surfaces, will not harm a concrete driveway or road.
Additionally, the extremes of weather – both cold, ice, rain and snow as well as the excess of heat in the summer, is less likely to damage a concrete road surface than they are an asphalt one.
However, there are disadvantages as well.
In terms of accident prevention, concrete does not fare so well as asphalt, especially in regards to slippage caused by weather conditions.
Snow on a concrete driveway will not melt as quick as it will on an asphalt one and this can cause problems with skidding and so forth.
However, one big plus for a concrete road, path or driveway is that it will not require the same levels of maintenance on it, as an asphalt driveway does.
Having said that, if a concrete road or pathway does need maintenance, it is not as easy to do, as it is with an asphalt one.
From an environmental point of view, concrete may be better in some respects, because it does not produce any noxious gases when melted, like asphalt does. Although asphalt can be and often is recycled.
Concrete is generally regarded as the more expensive option of the two materials, but then, it probably will need less maintenance in the long run.
As you can see, there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to either material and picking one which is just right for your needs, can be hard.
Asphalt is a highly popular material used for road surfacing and also, by homeowners, for domestic projects around their property.
The reason, it takes heavy loads, like vehicles, with ease. This makes it a great choice for commercial parking lots, but also, your driveway and personalized parking space at home.
Asphalt is better from a no skid point of view, than concrete is and may prove to be the safer option. Whether this is a major factor for your driveway, is up to you, however.
When the cold weather hits, you will have to shovel away the snow quick fast, because water harms asphalt quite badly.
On the other hand, it will melt faster on asphalt surfacing, making it easier for you to clear – but remember, pooling water also needs swift clearing away on your asphalt driveway.
If time is a consideration, then you will be able to lay your asphalt driveway in less time than you would do a concrete one.
But in the long run, an asphalt driveway needs a lot more maintenance than does its concrete counterpart. However, it is easier to do the maintenance to an asphalt driveway, than it is to a concrete one.
So, as you can see, the decision to choose between asphalt or concrete paving for your home is an entirely personal one.
You may even want to use both materials, in difference places around your home.
Both are hard wearing and durable products – the one you want to choose is down to you.