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Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Paving Types

Paving Types – Strengths and Weaknesses

Updated November 22, 2013

You may be looking to pave your driveway, a parking lot, a sidewalk,a basketball court, a road, or something else related to your home or business. But you might not be sure whether you should have it paved with asphalt or concrete. Those are the two most common materials used for paving.

So what should you do? Here’s a look at the pros and cons related to paving with asphalt and concrete:

Asphalt paving: strengths and weaknesses

Strengths:

  • Asphalt paving can be the most affordable option when it comes to your paving needs.
  • In addition, asphalt paving can be easy to install.
  • Can be less susceptible to cracking.
  • With asphalt, salt will not damage it. This is a big concern in northern states, where salt is put on roads and sidewalks in order to melt snow.
  • Resealing asphalt can help make it look fresh.
  • When you need to resurface an asphalt road or driveway, you can simply put new material on top, or put sealer on it.
  • Can last at least 20 years on average; could last even more if it is properly taken care of.

Weaknesses:

  • You still may need treatment for cracks or even potholes
  • May sometimes leave residue in your home via your shoes.
  • Can be very hot in the summer.
  • Because it gets hot in the summer, ruts could emerge.
  • Can deteriorate quicker if it does not have correct drainage.
  • May need to be resealed every two years.

Concrete paving: strengths and weaknesses

Strengths:

  • Can last even longer than asphalt.
  • Generally more crack-resistant than asphalt.
  • Cooler to the touch than asphalt, which makes it good for warm climates.
  • May not need as much maintenance as asphalt.
  • Can be different colors and styles – flexible designs, such as looking like stones or tiles.
  • Does not develop potholes like asphalt can.
  • Easier to shovel snow off it.

Weaknesses:

  • Can be significantly more expensive than asphalt installations
  • Less resistant to salt, and can be damaged by it, which makes an issue in climates with cold winters
  • Can stain easily from oil and other leaks.
  • You cannot resurface concrete the way you can with asphalt. Instead, you would need to replace the whole thing.

No matter which material you choose, it is important to find one of the reputable asphalt driveway companies or concrete paving companies out there in order to make sure that the job is done right. Good luck.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Paving Types

Lisa Swan writes on a variety of paving sites such as Driveways Corporation.

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