When it comes to driveways you have many options when it comes to the materials used. Both asphalt and concrete are common for residential driveway paving. If you are considering asphalt for your driveway, keep reading for information that should help you make your decision. 


One common damage to a driveway is cracks. No matter material you choose you must repair cracks as soon as you see them. If you do not, you will end up with larger cracks that could even turn into holes. Asphalt is made with petroleum, and this is more flexible when compared to other materials. Because of this your asphalt driveway will not crack as easily as other types, such as concrete. If you do see cracks on an asphalt driveway you can purchase asphalt crack filler at a home improvement store to fill the cracks in. 


To keep your asphalt in great condition you do need to seal it to keep it maintained. Putting a sealant on the driveway protects the asphalt from weather conditions, and stains from things that may leak from cars, such as oil or transmission fluid. Ask the contractor that installs your driveway how often you need to put a sealant on it. You can purchase asphalt sealant at a home improvement store and can do this job yourself. It is sometimes best to put on two coats of sealant letting the first coat completely dry before applying the second coat. 

Easier Installation

Asphalt is easier to install when compared to concrete. This is because concrete has to cure once it is laid, which can take time. With asphalt, you can use your driveway within a couple of days in most cases. This also results in your saving money on labor charges. This is especially beneficial if you do not have very much room to park your vehicles in another area or may not have anywhere at all. Many towns may not allow you to park in the street. Parking in your yard can cause damage to your landscaping. 

Draws in Heat

Asphalt is black so this means it draws in heat keeping the driveway hot or warm. This helps during the winter months as snow and ice melt much faster on the driveway. This makes the driveway much safer for people that walk on it, and you can drive on the driveway much easier during the winter months. You won't have to worry about using any type of deicer to melt snow and ice. 

Talk with a contractor that installs asphalt driveways to learn more about this.