Many homeowners today prefer a paved driveway. Not only will a paved driveway give the home curb appeal and increase the value of the home, but it also has plenty of benefits for the family. A paved driveway gives a place for the kids to play safely. Paving is also easier on the vehicles in the driveway and makes snow removal much easier. When it comes to paving a driveway, homeowners have two options. They can go with concrete or asphalt. Of the two options, asphalt has more benefits.
Asphalt Is More Aesthetically Pleasing
Many people believe that asphalt is more attractive than concrete. Concrete is white, and any dirt, debris, or liquids on the concrete are very noticeable. Asphalt is black, and it looks like an extension of the road. Best of all, stains do not show up easily.
If the homeowner lives in an area where the summers are hot and the winters are cold, it can cause concrete to suffer from frost heaves, which results in cracks. Also, the salt used to melt the ice on the driveway can create pits on the surface. Asphalt can soften in extreme heat but won’t crack due to weather changes, and salt won’t cause deterioration.
Asphalt driveways require less maintenance than concrete driveways. If oil or other fluids are spilled on a concrete driveway, it can leave a permanent stain. Also, when the driveway cracks, it is very expensive to repair, and the repaired areas would be very noticeable. Asphalt driveways rarely crack and, if they do, the repair would be virtually unnoticeable. Also, stain removal would not be necessary.
When it comes to the cost, asphalt is much cheaper than concrete. The average cost that an Asphalt Contractor would charge to install an asphalt driveway is $2.50 to $4.00 per square foot. The basic installation cost of concrete is $4.00 to $6.00 per square foot. However, after the stain and sealant are applied, the final cost would be over $15.00 per square foot.
If the homeowner wants to choose the best material for their driveway, they should hire an Asphalt Contractor. For more information, contact Teague’s Asphalt. You can connect with them on Facebook for more updates!