What Kind Of Driveway Should You Have Installed?

by Claude Walters

Whether you have a dirt path or an old concrete or asphalt driveway, when it comes time to have a new one installed you can choose what type you want. The most common types are concrete and asphalt. While aesthetics will play a part in your final decision, there are other things you need to consider if you want a driveway that will last with as little maintenance as possible.

Climate

Concrete and asphalt behave differently in different climates. Asphalt does better in cold climates where the high temperatures will not have the asphalt going soft. The softness can result in cracks or grooves from the weight of your vehicles. However, it is easier to repair than cracked concrete. In addition, hot asphalt is no fun to try to walk on and can easily burn your feet, even through light-soled shoes.

Concrete does better in high temperatures where it does not get cold enough to lift due to frost seeping under the driveway. Once the concrete starts to lift, it can be dangerous to your car's tires and also creates a walking hazard that is easy to trip over. In addition, if salt is used on the roads in your area, it can damage the driveway.

Maintenance

An asphalt driveway will need to be resealed every three years to maintain its strength and beauty. Although some experts will say you can let it go up to 10 years. A concrete driveway can usually go five years before you have to worry about resealing it. In both cases, it is best to look over the driveway to see if the color is fading or if there are small cracks or holes.

When it comes to cleaning, asphalt is darker and will not show stains as easily as concrete does. You can usually get away with sweeping regularly with the occasional power wash to remove a buildup of oil and gunk. A dirty concrete drive will look old and worn due to a simple oil stain. While you can let it go until you just can't stand it anymore, keeping it looking great all the time will require a number of power washings throughout the year.

Aesthetics

Asphalt can be tinted to have a different color than black but it will always be dark and have one even color throughout. Concrete can be tinted or cut to have a design made into it. However, it will require more work to keep the design looking great.

What type of driveway you have is up to you. Only you know if you plan on parking on it often or just driving up it to get into the garage. Take a look at your property from the street to get an idea on which type would look better with your house and landscaping. A nice driveway will increase the value of your home. If either type will work in your area and you can't make a decision, contact a driveway company for quotes, the cost might be the determining factor.

For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://www.lakeridgepaving.com.

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