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concrete vs asphalt

Posted by Rob on July 23rd, 1998 06:46 PM
In reply to Concrete vs Asphalt driveway by David Magnus on July 23rd, 1998 02:46 PM [Go to top of thread]

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There is no comparision.
If you are going to do a driveway there are a couple of things to take into consideration.
Longevity and appearance.
Asphalt although less expensive in the beginning will cost you more in the long run, much more.
This comes from the Asphalt producers:
You will need to coat the asphalt with a coating to help protect it
do not park a car in the same spot time after time for it will leave indentations in the asphalt.
in very hot weather do not use park motocycles on it
do not use the asphalt driveway for three to seven days
In the first five years that you own an asphalt drivewy (if you do what the producers tell you to)
you will spend more money on that driveway than if you put down concrete.
If you did put down concrete you would have a driveway that you could use on any level in 24 hours
you would have no maintance
The driveway would look the same 10 -15 years later than it did when it was poured.
concrete will last 50 -60 years, when placed properly.
How many asphalt driveways would you put in during that time frame?
The key to concrete driveways is finding a contractor that has ACI certification.
Properly placed concrete will last generations.
Check out the Roman colosium.

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