When it comes to your paving projects you actually have two real options. You will need to decide if you want to use concrete or if you want to use asphalt. There are people that will opt to use gravel, but there are a lot of problems with gravel. You can chip a windshield with loose gravel, and there is always a problem with the gravel causing ruts in your driveway. If you are serious about paving your driveway, or if you are serious about any other paving project, you will want to either use asphalt or concrete. While there are many different reasons to use either one of the materials, this article is going to outline some of the benefits of both of the materials.
Concrete is one of the most durable and strongest materials that are around. In fact many of the highways and freeways are created using concrete as the material. With concrete it is just very important that the aggregate that is used to create the concrete is good aggregate. If the aggregate has to much microporosity, really small holes, then water can get trapped in the rock and when it freezes it can expand. When the ice expand in the rock it can break the rock down. So, if you are looking to get the very best concrete make sure that the aggregate that is used is the very best. Some of the main benefits of using concrete is the fact that it is more durable than other materials. Concrete used for a road can last up to 30 years if it is treated correctly.
One of the biggest benefits for using asphalt is the fact that it can hide a lot of mistakes of a foundation. You do not have to have a perfect foundation if you are going to lay asphalt. This is because asphalt is much more flexible, and can bend a little when it is finally laid. Asphalt is made of aggregate as well, but it is bound together using bitumen. The asphalt is able to flex and fill a lot of the small potholes in the foundation of the project. Asphalt does have a problem with cracking, but the good news is that it is relatively easy to fix with a sealant. The surface of asphalt can also be completely re-treated to make it look almost like new. Asphalt driveways can last a long time, but not as long as most concretes.