Asphalt Or Concrete?

When it comes to your driveway getting paved, you have two main choices of material. You can choose between having a concrete or an asphalt driveway. Some people say they like gravel the most, but gravel is not pavement. There are so many different reasons that people like either one or the other between asphalt or concrete. The choice is ultimately yours to make. Here are just a few different pros and cons of both concrete and asphalt. By the end of this article, hopefully you can make an educated decision of what you would like for a driveway.


The material known as asphalt is a mixture of small limestone aggregate and bitumen. This type of pavement is used in a lot of different roads and highways in the United States. One of the nicest things about asphalt is that it can flex a little bit. When it is poured, it does not need to be poured on a perfectly flat surface. The bitumen and the gravel can actually flex and bend a little bit. This is extremely nice in cold areas where there is a heating and cooling cycle each summer and winter. Another very big plus for asphalt is that it is easy to fix. If there is a crack or a chip, then it can easily be filled in by a sealant. If the top of the asphalt is becoming too deteriorated, then an entire new surface can be poured on top of the old. This allows you to keep your driveway for many years to come. 


The material known as concrete is one of the most common materials used in construction. One of the main reasons that it is used in construction so often is that it is one of the most durable materials. This is the main reason that it makes a fantastic driveway. A driveway made from concrete may be the most durable type of driveway. Other than being durable, concrete is also an artists' choice material because it can be shaped and colored to almost any way that you would like it to be. There are additives that you can add that will give the concrete any color that you want. When the concrete is wet, it can also be stamped so it can look any way that you want it. There are common patterns that concrete can be stamped into. Contact residential paving contractors in your area to learn more.