Residential driveways are commonly made from concrete and asphalt. Many homeowners want to know about the maintenance and installation cost of each material before proceeding with the exterior building of their home. Asphalt driveways are a more cost-effective option, but are they the best choice for your home?
Precision Asphalt Maintenance wants to share knowledge with homeowners on how asphalt is applied, what it can do for your driveway, and if concrete may be a better option for your specific home. We will compare both to help you make an informed decision for your home.
How Is Asphalt Made And How Is It Applied?
Asphalt starts as a liquid and is made of aggregates and bitumen. Bitumen is a liquid cement and is the binder for asphalt, while aggregates consist of sand, stone dust, and small crushed rock to make the structure. Asphalt is heated and poured to make roads and driveways. After the mixture is poured it is then compacted using an asphalt roller.
What Is Concrete And How Is It Applied?
Concrete is made very similar to asphalt but it uses water and cement as the binder combined with aggregates. This means that it is cooler and dries quicker than asphalt. Concrete is more versatile as it is used for sidewalks, driveways, pools, patios, and much more. It is durable but can crack and chip over time.
Every aspect of your home needs to look good and fit the aesthetics of the exterior design. Concrete is usually considered a more attractive option by homeowners because it comes in many different shades and variations. Concrete can be stained or coated to any color or mix of colors. This will give your home a more elegant look.
Asphalt is usually less visually appealing because of its dark color. It can be dyed or painted a different color but usually doesn’t look as clean as concrete once painted.
Asphalt is less expensive than concrete and is a great option for first-time homeowners. The installation for asphalt driveways is quick which means that you will only need to pay installers for one day typically. Over time though, you will need to spend more money to upkeep asphalt and make repairs.
Concrete is more expensive, but it lasts for a lot longer than asphalt. Depending on where you live and how often you are using your driveway, concrete will require fewer repairs down the road.
Lifespan And Potential Damage
Each material that is used for driveways will only last if it is properly maintained. Concrete lasts up to 50 years with proper care whereas asphalt lasts around 30 years. Asphalt can see more major damage in just a short lifespan like potholes or cracking. Asphalt driveways will look their best when they are applied with a sealant and maintained properly each year.
Cleaning And Maintenance
Exterior parts of your home are exposed to weather, deterioration, and extreme temperatures. Performing maintenance on the exterior of your home, driveway, curbing and windows will ensure your home stands out from your neighbors.
One way to protect your concrete or asphalt driveways is sealants. Sealing prevents extra moisture from getting underneath your driveway. Sealants will prevent early deterioration and oxidation which will prevent your asphalt driveway from looking lackluster.
Concrete on the other hand doesn’t require to be sealed. Degreasers will be needed to remove oil drips and chemical stains. Concrete cracks easily and is much harder to repair than asphalt. It is almost impossible to resurface concrete, so it will need to be fully replaced.
Asphalt Driveways With Precision Asphalt Maintenance
Before applying asphalt driveways, we take extra care to inspect the surrounding soil and drainage capabilities. We also work to understand how much traffic the asphalt will see so that we can recommend maintenance and cleaning options. Precision Asphalt Maintenance takes pride in the details and helping you have the best end result possible.
Beyond asphalt driveways, we offer crack sealing, slurry sealing, line stripping, excavation, and grading in the Northern Utah area. You can trust our technicians to get the job done effectively and quickly. Contact us for a free quote!