Your driveway is an integral part of establishing the curb appeal…and even value…of your home. Choosing the right material is paramount for achieving the aesthetic and durability you desire. If you’re in the market for a driveway, you’ve likely come across the two most popular choices: concrete vs. asphalt. It’s no secret that at Epic Paving, we’re big asphalt fans. So what are the advantages of choosing an asphalt driveway over a concrete one?
Asphalt Is Quicker To Install Than Concrete
One of the main advantages of asphalt driveways over concrete is time. While an asphalt driveway can be made in one to two days, concrete tends to take twice as long to install. Asphalt also sets faster than concrete. The latter can sometimes take up to a week before it cures.
Asphalt Is Durable
While concrete is also durable, it tends to experience more problems than asphalt related to poor installation, incorrect mixing, and element removal. Concrete can often be seen with a surface flake known as “spalling.” Asphalt is also more flexible than concrete, meaning it’s considerably less likely than concrete to crack over time.
Asphalt Is Cheaper To Maintain
A major advantage of asphalt is the ease and affordability of maintaining it. Small repairs, such as cracks, can easily be done by someone without paving expertise, and materials with which to do so are widely available. Larger projects, such as sealcoating, can even extend the lifespan of your asphalt driveway! Concrete, on the other hand, cannot be repaired with the same ease as asphalt.
Bye, Bye, Snow!
Being in Canada, it’s important to note that the black color of asphalt helps draw and retain more of the sun’s heat. In the winter, this means that snow will melt faster on an asphalt driveway than it will on a concrete one! Not only does this improve safety, but makes property maintenance easier for everyone involved.
Asphalt has many advantages over it’s concrete counterpart. But you may still have questions about which is right for you. Not to worry. The team at Epic Paving is here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us today at 416-701-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.