If you are looking to make a great improvement to the curb appeal and overall value of your home, you'll want to consider a paved driveway. A paved driveway has a myriad of benefits but is a big investment. It's important for you to make sure you do your research, even compare the pros and cons of having an asphalt versus a concrete driveway. Here is an overview on both a paved driveway or a concrete driveway.

Focal Point

A driveway can be the focal point of the exterior of your home. If you are fine with a black driveway, you may want to consider asphalt. If you want a white driveway, your choice will probably be concrete. An added perk to concrete is that it can be stained or stamped, so it will give your driveway a unique look. If beauty is truly the number one reason you're looking into having your driveway paved, it would seem that concrete is your answer. 

Other Factors To Consider

There are a few other factors to take into consideration before you decide on the material for your driveway, including:

Climate

If you live in an area that has extremely cold winters or very hot summers, remember that concrete has the tendency to crack in extremely cold temperatures. Also, the salt that is used in ice melting has a tendency to create pits in the concrete, which can leave blotches across your driveway. 

On the flip side, asphalt can have problems during extreme summer heat. It's best to discuss your options with a paving contractor before you make any decisions. 

Maintenance

Asphalt driveways are usually easier and faster to install than a concrete driveway. If you're looking for a fast improvement to the outside of your home that will not be a significant financial burden, you may want to consider an asphalt driveway.

Asphalt driveways will need to be sealed within a year of being installed. Sealing the asphalt will help to extend the life of the driveway, if the driveway is maintained properly. A concrete driveway doesn't need to be sealed, although sealing can help it last longer. The downside of a concrete driveway is that it will show any and all stains relatively quickly and, therefore, will need to be cleaned more often.

Again, talking with a paving contractor, like Suburban Blacktop, can help you better decide what material is right for your driveway. 

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