Welcome to the website of Asphalt Specialties LLC, and asphalt repair company serving the humble state of Idaho. You probably clicked on this post for one of two reasons either you need to get a new driveway and you want to know which one to pick or you have an asphalt driveway and you want to know if you chose the right one. I have good news my friend I will answer all those questions and more.
I will answer the question on everybody's mind, yes an asphalt driveway is cheaper. But that does not mean that it is cheaply made. That just means that the materials used to make asphalt cost less then the stuff that is used to make concrete.
When many of us think of an asphalt or concrete driveway we think of something we have installed and then that's it you just leave it their. And you can do that but in order to make that driveway last long you have to maintain it.
So I have decide to tell the level of difficulty of maintaining an asphalt driveway vs. a concrete driveway. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Pros and Cons of An Asphalt Driveway
- Asphalt Is much easier to repair then regular concrete.
- One of the big things with asphalt is that you can drive on it almost immediately.
- At $2 to $5 per square foot the choice to go for asphalt is a much more economical one.
- Another big thing with an asphalt driveway is that it flexes with the weather making it crack less often.
- But you will have to repair it much more often.
- You will have to be careful because if you drive on it right away you must avoid sharp turns because it could wrinkle the asphalt.
Pros And cons of a concrete driveway
- Longevity is the biggest advantage with concrete. It will last at least 10 years longer then an asphalt driveway.
- You will have to make repairs less often. Or however long you can stand them.
- One of the biggest cons is the simple fact that it takes 7 days for your driveway to be safe to drive on.
- Cracks under extreme pressure or surface movement. That's why it's not a good idea to get a concrete driveway if you live in a cold climate.
- At $3 to $10 a square foot a concrete driveway is more expensive.
- Gas and oil stains are more obvious on concrete then on asphalt.
FAQ About Asphalt Driveways
Should I install a base before paving a driveway?
A gravel base is the most important step in installing an asphalt driveway. If the wrong amount of gravel or not enough gravel is put in some places then when you park your car on your driveway the asphalt will sag or swell.
How thick should my driveway be?
6in is the average thickness an asphalt driveway should be. When you purchase an asphalt driveway make sure you tell them what vehicles you have or at least what you plan to put on it. And if I were you I would tell them to beef it up a little bit so you don't have to worry about sags.
Can my driveway be resealed?
It is always good to reseal your driveway every 2 years or whenever your contractor recommends it. When you reseal your driveway it is a form of preventive maintenance, which is always a good idea when you invest your money into something like a driveway.
FAQ About Concrete Driveways
Should a concrete driveway crack?
Unfortunately it is not uncommon for a concrete driveway to crack in the curing stage of a driveway installation. But it's NOT something to worry about, but when this happens you want to seal those cracks as fast as possible because if not water will get in there and freeze and expand and send more cracks into the pavement.
How wide should my concrete driveway be?
Sometimes people think that the width of your driveway is not very important. But it is, if you don't have a wide enough driveway then you will have to turn around in the road and risk getting hit. The ideal width for a driveway is around 12 feet which is enough to turn around in.
Can chips and cracks be repaired?
The question you should be asking is "how can I fix the chips and cracks in my driveway". It is imperative that you fix the chips and cracks in your driveway because if not they will just get worse.
If you have a concrete or asphalt driveway you have got to take care of it. Make sure you reseal it every two years and try to seal the cracks as best as you can because if not it will get worse and worse.
Maybe you are getting up in years and you can't seal the cracks in your driveway anymore. I have the solution for you call Asphalt specialties LLC for a FREE quote on any asphalt project.
Which type of driveway do you thing is better Asphalt or Concrete?