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CONCRETE DRIVEWAY VS ASPHALT

by on October 18, 2011

One of the most common dilemmas facing home and business owners is the decision between using concrete and asphalt for their driveways. Both have their pros and cons. Let’s look at some of the biggest ones.

Something that needs to be taken into consideration is the climate you live in. Asphalt is best in colder climates, but tends to soften in warmer temperatures. Concrete, is great in warmer places such as Orlando. If you live in a colder climate, keep in mind that concrete can be damaged by de-icers during the winter months. An alternative for providing traction over concrete in the colder months is by using sand, so it’s the most popular choice around the country.

Concrete is easier to colour, and offers more resurfacing options. Asphalt can be coloured as well, but there are limited colours that work well with it. As it’s darker, asphalt does hide stains better than concrete, but tends to produce oil, which can be bad for other surfaces such as garage floors.

Asphalt is initially cheaper than concrete, but tends to need more maintenance, which can cost more money in the long run. Concrete, though initially more expensive, has a longer life than asphalt. It’s a good idea to seal both concrete and asphalt driveways Orlando to extend their life.

You should always get the advice of a decorative concrete contractor Orlando. They will be able to tell you everything you need to know about concrete repair, restoration and resurfacing, so that your property looks the best it can.

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