Putting in a driveway for a new home or replacing an old driveway means deciding on which surface material you want to use. If you already know you want a solid surface instead of dirt or gravel, you are left deciding between a concrete or blacktop driveway. Each type has its advantages as well as, unique characteristics to consider.
Of course, one thing that will influence your decision is how they each look. For some, a blacktop driveway provides a seamless appearance with the road which is pleasing. Others do not care for the dark coloring and like the ability to get different looks and textures with a concrete driveway.
Cost is another factor. A blacktop driveway is considerably less costly to install than concrete so it has a lower upfront cost. On the flip side, it lasts about half as long so you should factor in replacing it once when doing an overall price comparison. Since a complexly designed concrete driveway can run quite a bit more, even as much as ten times as much, you could redo your blacktop driveway every 20 years of your lifetime and still end up with a lower cost overall.
Maintenance and repairs are other factors to consider. There is more maintenance involved with a blacktop driveway because it needs to be resealed every three to five years, whereas a concrete driveway can be sealed, but it is optional. Concrete may need occasional degreasing, however. On the plus side, repairs for a blacktop driveway are easy whereas concrete repairs are often difficult.
Both types have weather concerns depending on your location. A blacktop driveway can soften in high heat, but a concrete driveway can crack, particularly in an area that experiences freezing temperatures. Overall, a concrete driveway is more durable, but when it does have problems, they can be costly.
The final part of your decision that could take it out of your hands completely is whether there are any local building codes or HOA regulations you have to follow. Your paving contractor should be able to help you with checking on these or point you in the right direction.
If you have questions about a blacktop driveway for your Winter Haven, Florida area home or business, give us a call at AAA Top Quality Asphalt. We will be happy to provide you with the information you need to make the decision that best suits your needs.