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Trying To Decide Between A Concrete Or Asphalt Driveway? 4 Benefits Of Choosing Asphalt

by April Carlson

When you have to choose a driveway material you can choose between asphalt and concrete. They both offer advantages but asphalt offers more benefits when compared to concrete. Below are four of these benefits to help you make this choice:

Fast Installation

It does not take the asphalt company long to install an asphalt driveway. How long this it takes depends on how long your driveway is, however. In most cases, it will take approximately one to two days. Depending on the time of year, you can generally drive on your new asphalt driveway in a couple of days after it is installed.

This is beneficial if you have more than one car and having a hard time finding places to park them while the driveway is being laid.


Asphalt is a flexible material which reduces the chances of it cracking or getting other types of damage. This means you can keep your driveway for a long time, which can save you a lot of money.  You also do not have to worry bout asphalt flaking, as you will sometimes see with concrete.

If you do get a crack in the driveway it is easy to repair and you can do this on your own. Purchase an asphalt crack repair kit at a home improvement store and follow the instructions on the packaging. Make sure it says it is for asphalt because you will also find concrete crack repair kits.

Easy Maintenance

With an asphalt driveway, all you have to do is sweep it periodically. If you see a lot of dirt built up, you can use a pressure washer to clean it off. You can also put a seal coat on the asphalt driveway to protect it from scratches, dirt, oil, etc. If you plan to do this you can purchase seal coat at a home improvement store that is made for asphalt. You can apply it yourself by following the instructions or you can hire an asphalt pavement company to do this for you.

Better in Winter

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice, you will be glad you chose an asphalt driveway. This is because asphalt is black and it draws in heat. This means ice and snow will melt much faster on your driveway. This makes it much safer for you and your family and prevents you from having to remove snow and ice during the winter months.

Talk with an asphalt paving company about these benefits and more. They can also answer any questions you may have about this type of driveway.