When you decide that you want to have your driveway paved, it is most likely because you are sick of the dirt road beating up your car. Paved driveways are also going to cut the amount of dust that makes it into your garage, and increase the curb appeal of your home. Simply put, paving your driveway is a great idea.
However, it can be hard to pick which material to use. Some people will tell you to simply use gravel, but this is not a good long term solution. You have two really good choices. You can choose to go with asphalt, or you can choose concrete. This article is going to cover some of the benefits of each type of pavement.
Asphalt is a mixture of limestone aggregate and bitumen. The two are mixed to form a very viscous solution and then pressed by steamrolling. The steamrolling forces the solution into any crack and crevice, so asphalt is a great form of pavement if you do not have a perfectly flat foundation.
Many people choose asphalt because it is very good looking. Asphalt is very aesthetically pleasing with the crisp blacktop look. Asphalt is also extremely durable. In fact, if you live in an area that experiences a lot of cyclic weather, then a asphalt slab may be the best choice for you. Asphalt is able to expand and contract fairly easily and is not affected by the weather, when compared to other types of pavement. You will also notice that asphalt slabs are easily repaired, and can even be re-surfaced if need be.
Concrete is one of the most widely used materials in all of construction. It is extremely durable and easy to work with, which is most likely why people choose concrete. There is a side of concrete that very few people have seen. Concrete is actually extremely versatile, and can be any color that you would like. During the mixing process an additive can be put in the mix to change the color of the concrete.
It can also be stamped out when it is still wet and drying. The stamp can be almost any design that you wish. Once the concrete is poured and stamped, it can then be sealed with a special sealant. The different types of sealants can have a matte finish or even a glossy finish. Concrete is going to be a solid choice for years to come.