When laying down a driveway, the two options for homeowners are typically asphalt or concrete paving. Whether it’s a new home or you’re just repaving for an older, existing driveway, it’s still important to weigh your options. Nevertheless, while both options have their benefits, there are decidedly more advantages to using asphalt.
Not only do most state and federal governments prefer asphalt paving due to its strength and reliability, but asphalt paving is also the most popular choice when it comes to residential driveways and commercial areas like parking lots, roadways, airstrips, and more. As the most commonly recycled material in the country, roughly 80% becomes recycled when it is removed.
Here are some of the major advantages of asphalt driveways:
Asphalt paving is inexpensive when compared to alternative methods and is quicker to set as well, which saves time spent by contractors. Materials are also cheaper, allowing for a more economical solution to labor costs. If you’re setting pavement for a commercial property or roadway, it will be less invasive and less of a burden to the public as well.
As previously noted, asphalt is laid quickly – typically within one or two days, depending on the project’s size. Concrete can often take twice as long, while asphalt can be ready for use in an additional two days upon completion. Concrete wouldn’t even be completed by then.
Concrete requires specific mixing preparations that, if done incorrectly, can lead to surface flaking. Asphalt is a flexible, weather-resistant material, considerably less likely to crack over time, making it durable and long-lasting. It is specifically designed for high traffic conditions.
Because of its durability, it is less likely to crack from seasonal temperatures. Any repairs needed are inexpensive and easy-to-use with blacktop sealant products, which are widely available in stores. General upkeep can leave you with a pavement that lasts 20 years or more.
As asphalt is recyclable material, it can be used over and over. This is a huge benefit for a modern-day material. It allows us to preserve natural resources, reduce waste, and spare the environment of landfill mass.
• Asphalt has built-in safety features with its smooth finish, skid resistance, and reduced splash back.
• Asphalt’s black color also contrasts best with white road lines, aiding in visual distinction, especially when ice and snow are present.
• The black color also absorbs more of the sun’s heat, helping to melt snow faster than concrete.
Asphalt paving is, without question, the best choice you can make for your residential or commercial driveways. If you have any more questions about the benefits of asphalt paving or are interested in obtaining an estimate in the Newton, Wellesley, or other Westside area of Massachusetts, please contact Joe Lamacchia Landscape Construction today!