Whether you are building a new house or want to put a new driveway at an existing house you need to consider a few things before deciding on what material you should chose.
The most common materials used in both residential and commercial properties are asphalt and concrete. It comes down to personal preference but there are a few things to consider:
A properly constructed asphalt driveway will last up to 25 years or more depending on a number of variables including weather, frequency of use and maintenance. Asphalt surfaces require little maintenance as it can handle greater pressure and harsher weather than concrete which cracks easily under pressure, making it suitable for a wide range of driveways and carparks. The key to durable asphalt lies in finding an experienced asphalt laying professional.
Sealing asphalt surfaces every three to five years ensures its durability. This process does not require a professional or special equipment. Additionally, any repair work on asphalt driveways is simply to carry out and easily hidden by the dark colour of asphalt. However, this is not the case for concrete driveways where it is much harder to blend in the repair work. Damage to concrete requires replacement of the entire driveway as any repair work would be highly visible and unappealing.
Asphalt costs less to install than concrete and takes less time to dry. This makes it a better option for offices and commercial properties with less down time. Residential asphalt driveway installations are typically completed within a couple of days with very little disruption in comparison to concrete which takes much longer to cure.
Asphalt is a recyclable and reusable product which effectively reduces waste. On the other hand, concrete is not recyclable and needs to be replaced entirely with new materials.