If you are trying to decide if you should have an asphalt or concrete driveway installed on your family's new property, then you've come to the right place! Your new home's driveway surface is a big investment, and you need to ensure that you make the right decision the first time. Here is some information on both options to help you choose the driveway surface that will best meet the needs of your entire family:
Concrete is a fairly labor-intensive installation process and this makes a concrete driveway for your new property more expensive than a simple asphalt pad. To install concrete, your concrete contractor will first build wood forms and place rebar into the area where the cement will be poured. The following day a cement truck will deliver the cement used to make the concrete pad. Once the cement is in place, then it can be troweled flat or stamped with a wide variety of different designs.
Concrete requires less expensive maintenance than asphalt driveways. To clean concrete, you can simply apply a degreasing product to remove any oil or gas stains on the surface and then power wash it clean.
For any cracks that develop in the concrete, you can purchase a simple DIY concrete crack-filling compound at any home improvement store.
Concrete and Children
Concrete has some advantages and disadvantages for use by families with children. Concrete is a harder surface than asphalt so injuries are more severe if your child falls down while playing. However, concrete allows your children to have a nice surface to bounce balls on, while providing a large canvas for sidewalk chalk creations.
Asphalt is a less expensive option for your property's new driveway than concrete and is less labor intensive to install. Asphalt is installed on your driveway using the following steps:
- the area is cleared and graded
- a hot asphalt mix is placed on the roadway
- the asphalt is flattened using a rolling machine
The asphalt driveway will require a couple of days to completely cure and dry.
Asphalt is prone to water damage from rain and snow seeping into small crevices in the asphalt's surface and can lead to extensive cracking and lifting. To prevent this from happening, your asphalt driveway will require a yearly application of a sealing agent.
Asphalt and Children
Just as with concrete, asphalt also has advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage of asphalt is that it is an inherently softer surface that will take some of the force if your child falls on it. The disadvantages of asphalt used around children are that it does not provide an ideal surface for bouncing balls, and it is not compatible with sidewalk chalk.
Now that you have the necessary information to decide whether to install a concrete driveway or one made of concrete on your new property, you should contact a licensed paving or concrete contractor in your local area, such as Construction Asphalt Paving Services Inc, for a consultation appointment and an installation estimate.