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Asphalt Vs. Concrete: What's The Difference?
What Is Asphalt?
Asphalt is a composite mineral primarily made up of gravel, sand, crushed stone, and a small amount of bitumen, a binding material that holds all other ingredients together. There are three main types of asphalt: hot mix, warm mix, and cold mix — each variety is produced using different mixing conditions and temperatures.
What Is Concrete?
Concrete is made using aggregates like sand, stone, and gravel mixed with water and a binding material like concrete. There are three overarching concrete categories — lime concrete, cement concrete, and reinforced cement concrete — with varying degrees of strength, durability, and ease of use.
Pros And Cons Of Asphalt
As it is more resistant to extremely cold conditions, an asphalt driveway is a better option for cold locations and is less expensive, quicker to install, and ready to use than a concrete driveway. However, it may need more frequent repairs than a concrete driveway or patio and needs to be cleaned at least twice a year to eliminate dirt and debris.
Pros And Cons Of Concrete
With a concrete driveway, you have additional design options because you can change the color of the concrete or stamp the material. When compared to an asphalt driveway, it normally lasts longer and experiences fewer cracks or chips, yet it might crack more easily if the materials aren't combined or spread evenly.
Differences In Durability
The average lifespan of an asphalt driveway is 25 years, though some may last up to 30 years; however, negligence and adverse weather can cut short its lifespan. On the other hand, some concrete driveways may last up to 50 years, though most typically last for 25 to 30 years, with improper installation and too much weight reducing its lifespan.