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Choosing the Right Material For a Construction Project

Why Asphalt Is the Go-To Solution for Your Driveway

by Frank Lynch

Driveways can be expensive. And when building a driveway, one of the critical decisions you will have to make is determining the right material to use. Therefore, it is imperative to choose carefully to ensure you invest in an option that gives you the best value for your money. Generally, concrete and asphalt are the standard material options for driveways. However, you can also consider other options like brick, loose materials like pebbles and rocks, basalt, exposed aggregate, pavers, etc. While every material has its benefits and drawbacks, asphalt is one of the most popular options. It comes with many benefits and here are a few reasons to consider the material for your driveway.

Faster Installation

Asphalt driveways offer quick installation compared to other solutions like concrete. That's because concrete typically requires more days to dry and cure once installed. On the other hand, asphalt driveways can be ready for use as soon as the material hardens, which could be a few hours depending on the weather. Usually, asphalt contractors or installers may recommend giving it a day or so before using it to allow it to set fully. Nevertheless, the installation process is much quicker than other solutions, especially concrete.


Flexibility is another reason to consider installing an asphalt driveway. Many paved driveway surfaces are likely to crack with time. However, the rate at which they crack varies depending on the material you select. Generally, asphalt is more flexible than most of the other driveway materials. Therefore, it holds up well against excessively heavy loads.


Installing a driveway can set you back a significant amount of money depending on how big the project is. Therefore, if you are on a budget or want to save some money on the project, it would be best to consider the cost of the materials you choose. Generally, asphalt driveways tend to be less expensive than other options like concrete. 

Weatherproof Ability

Performance in harsh weather conditions is another critical component to consider when selecting materials for your driveway. You need a hard-wearing solution that holds up well against extreme weather conditions. Asphalt has excellent performance in withstanding harsh weather conditions. It is less prone to cracking and deterioration during winter, unlike other options like concrete. Its dark colour and excellent insulation properties allow the material to absorb heat in summer and melt snow faster during winter. Overall, asphalt is less susceptible to temperature variations. 

If you want to install an asphalt driveway, reach out to an asphalt company in your area. 


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Choosing the Right Material For a Construction Project

If you are planning to start a new construction project, you may be wondering about the best type of materials to use. About 6 months ago, I decided to carry out an extensive renovation of my home. This would involve demolishing one wall, extending the kitchen and the construction of a new patio area. I really wasn't sure which materials would be best. I consulted with a contractor and he explained the pros and cons of each material. In the end, I opted for wood and steel. I am really pleased with the end results. I hope this blog helps you to plan your construction project.