Your Paving Choices

When it is time to pave your driveway, you have two major options-- you can choose to pave with concrete or you can choose to pave with asphalt. Both of these materials are used all over the country and are known for being very good paving material. You simply want to choose the one that fits you the very best. Each material has some major benefits and some downsides. The good news is that no matter which one you choose, you are going to end up with a quality driveway. However, to help you make the decision this article is going to outline some of the benefits of each of the materials. 


Asphalt is made from rock aggregate and bitumen. The material is engineered to be very durable, but also flexible. One of the biggest reasons that people opt to have asphalt put down is that it is able to flex into small holes. So, if the foundation where you are going to pave is not completely perfect, then the asphalt will actually be able to be pushed down into the small potholes and still have a solid foundation. Asphalt is also able to go through varying types of weather. If you live in an area that goes through freeze and thaw cycles, the bitumen in the asphalt allows the material to expand and contract without cracking. It truly is hard to go wrong with asphalt that has been put down properly. 


If you decide that you want to use the most widely used and strongest materials available, then you will choose concrete. Concrete is made from rock aggregate, usually limestone, and cement. If the foundation for a concrete slab is tamped down and then has a good couple of inches of gravel, your concrete will last for decades. Concrete is considered to be one of the most durable materials available. There is a reason that many freeways are starting to be paved with concrete. Another reason that people really like to use concrete for their driveway is that it is very customizable. There are color additives that can be added to make your concrete any color that you would like. While the concrete is wet it can also be stamped with different patterns. Wet concrete can be worked in many different ways to create a driveway that is completely customized to your specifications. Concrete is not only tough, but it can be crafted into a beautiful work of art.  

Contact a paving contractor for more information and assistance.