Your driveway is your home’s first impression. And the material your driveway is made of is the biggest contributing factor to how it will be perceived. When it comes to which material is best, homeowners tend to choose between concrete, asphalt, or gravel. So how do you know which is right for you? Color, texture, and even the amount of maintenance required for driveway upkeep should all be considered. Today, we decide between gravel or asphalt.
Why Gravel Driveways Rock
Gravel driveways are one of the most affordable options available today. More than just easy to install, this permeable surface is also considered environmentally friendly. Plus, there’s something so charming about the varying colors and sizes of the individual pebbles.
Why Gravel Driveways Do Not Rock
Aside from needing to replace the top-most surface pretty often, the general upkeep of gravel driveways is challenging. Especially in Canada, where the removal of ice and snow can prove to be especially difficult. Then consider the amount of dust or debris to be faced in the warmer months. Finally, through daily use, gaps, holes, and ruts begin to develop – needing refilling far more often than asphalt would need repaving.
Why Asphalt Driveways Are Great
Wow! There’s something so beautiful about a freshly paved asphalt driveway. The sleek and clean appearance of an asphalt driveway can be achieved at a fraction of the cost of concrete. Asphalt also boasts flexibility; able to withstand extreme climate conditions while maintaining an easy surface to upkeep. Plus, with proper care, your asphalt driveway can last you anywhere from 10 to 35 years!
Why Asphalt Driveways Are Not So Great
If a unique driveway is what you’re after, the typical black surface may not stand out as much as you’d hope. And while this color tends to complement most homes, sometimes it may seem out of place. Asphalt driveways also require yearly cleaning and seal coating every two to five years. If your asphalt driveway happens to crack, repairs would need to be made right away.
Overall, asphalt provides a strong, flat, and clean surface for your driveway. While gravel provides a highly affordable, if not so sturdy, surface option. Ultimately the decision will come down to your budget, climate, and style preference. Weigh your options and rely on a trained expert to help you make an informed decision that’s best for your home. The team at Epic Paving is here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us today at 416-701-1881 or email@example.com.