We cannot always rely on someone else’s opinion about a certain thing because their subjective experience of it will be very different from your own. So you want to make sure that you thoroughly look up all your facts, compare them with other options and then make an informed decision based on what you feel is the right decision. Our driveways don’t last forever and after some time they require replacement, so when you are replacing your driveway, you want to make sure you choose the right material. This article will be focusing solely comparing asphalt and concrete driveways.
- If we look at the initial cost as well as their installment cost, we will find that asphalt driveways are comparatively cheaper than concrete driveways and the overall time to install them and set them is also lesser.
- In terms of longevity, asphalt driveways can last an average or 20 years and over depending on maintenance however, when not maintained, their lifespan can be cut to as short as 5 years. Concrete driveways last longer than asphalt driveways, their lifetime can span between 30-50 years.
- When it comes to withstanding the elements, both types act the opposite of each other. Asphalt driveways are best suited for colder climates are not going to crack under pressure during colder temperatures, concrete on the other hand turns brittle. However, in really warm temperatures, asphalt (being petroleum based) turns soft which can lead to indentation and other damage, concrete on the other hand is not affected by hot temperatures.
- In terms of maintenance, asphalt requires a coat of sealant after every 3-5 years or else it loses its elasticity and turns brittle and starts cracking. Concrete requires no such maintenance.
In case you are still not sure or if you want to call in the experts, you can contact the people at North Shore paving. North Shore Paving are asphalt contractors in Wollongong, that are available to provide their services.