Should You Install an Asphalt or Gravel Driveway?

There are many things to consider before you choose which type of material to use when laying a residential driveway. Not only will your material choice affect the way that it looks, it can also affect its function for years to come. So should you install an asphalt or gravel driveway?

Asphalt Driveways

Asphalt is an economical material choice for your driveway, and also acts similar to a concrete surface. An asphalt driveway is also a flexible option in more extreme weather and ground conditions since it’s a petroleum product. Plus, this type of driveway has a long lifespan of around 10-30 years as long as you take care of it.

However an asphalt driveway requires some maintenance over the years, including power washing to remove any dirt or debris, as well as using a sealant every few years to keep it in good shape. Asphalt can also be damaged in extreme heat, and comes in limited style options.

Gravel Driveways

Gravel driveways are made of crushed stone and also come in a large variety of colors to match your home. This type of material is an affordable option, especially if your home has a long driveway. Gravel is also easy to maintain and has an easy installation process, making your driveway ready to use in around a week.

Snow and ice can be an issue with a gravel driveway, as it can be difficult to remove. Likewise, if your driveway gets a lot of use, it could develop ruts over time. Ruts and gaps will need to be refilled with gravel to keep the area smooth and looking good.

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On the flip side, because asphalt is a petroleum product, it is more flexible and less susceptible to cracking than concrete. Asphalt can also get hot in the summer. Consider these and other factors to help decide whether or not asphalt is a good choice for your driveway.