Asphalt and concrete are the two most popular materials in road construction. These are the two most commonly used materials in road construction. But asphalt has managed to beat concrete to become the most popular or most commonly used material in road construction in the United States. If you are thinking of installing a driveway in your home, you might be having a problem choosing between the two materials. This is a common predicament because both materials have very many benefits. But you can always consider the following factors to ensure that you choose the right material for your home driveway.
Consider The Cost
The first thing that you should always consider when launching a road construction project is the cost. Whether it’s a modest project like a private driveway or a major road construction project like the building of a highway, cost is always important. This is to ensure that you get real value for your money. When installing a driveway in your home, you should consider how much it will cost if you use concrete or asphalt. Asphalt is cheaper than concrete. Asphalt will cost you about a half of what it would cost you to install a concrete driveway in your home. And if you are thinking of installing a customized driveway, concrete will cost you several times more than asphalt for the decorative elements.
Consider The Project Schedule
The time it takes to install an asphalt driveway is far much less than the time it takes to install a concrete driveway. Concrete requires time to cure and dry before the driveway can be used. This means that while you can use a newly installed asphalt driveway after a day or two, a newly installed cornet driveway will not be used for a week or more. You should consult a road construction company that specializes in the installation of Anderson driveways regarding the time schedule of asphalt and concrete driveways. You will find yourself opting for the asphalt driveway because it will be ready for use in a relatively short period of time.
Consider The Weather
You should also consider the climatic and weather conditions in your area before choosing the material for your private driveway. Asphalt is more suited to extreme weather conditions than concrete. Asphalt expands and contracts as the weather changes without cracking. Concrete on the other hand is very much affected by extreme weather conditions. It cracks and flakes as the weather changes from hot to cold and vice versa. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, consider installing an asphalt driveway.
Consider The Maintenance
Generally, asphalt requires more maintenance than concrete. For starters, your asphalt driveway has to be sealcoated 3-6 months after installation. Concrete driveways do not require sealcoating but it can help increase the longevity of the concrete driveway. Asphalt driveways require frequent but easier and cheaper maintenance and repairs. Concrete driveways do not require frequent maintenance but their repairs are very costly.
Consider The Durability
With proper maintenance, your asphalt driveway will last up to 20 years. Concrete driveways last for a longer period of time. A well maintained concrete driveway will last 30-40 years. This is one very important factor that you should consider when installing a driveway in your home.