What to Know About Upgrading Concrete Driveways to Asphalt

Posted on: 12 December 2018

If you own a concrete driveway, then you may be facing some common issues. These issues including cracking, sinking and possible water damage to the concrete. One way to deal with this, especially if the issues keep occurring, is to go with an asphalt driveway instead. Before you have a contractor start on this upgrade, there are some things you should know. Here are some key points of the concrete to asphalt upgrade you are considering.

Quick Installation

One of the first things to know about upgrading your concrete driveway to an asphalt driveway is the installation time. With a concrete driveway (and repairs to concrete driveways), you may be facing long installation and drying time. This means rearranging how you park for several days or longer depending on the length and thickness of the driveway. An asphalt driveway only takes a day or two to dry and be drivable. This reduces the installation and time before the driveway is ready to use.

Asphalt Over Concrete

You may be considering having the concrete driveway totally removed. The truth is, one of the options you can use is to place the asphalt over the concrete. This gives you the ability to avoid further construction. You can also reduce your costs since that additional construction will not be necessary. In addition, you can seal the concrete easily underneath the asphalt helping to reduce further issues with the concrete driveway and giving you a solid base for your new asphalt driveway. Though this may not be an option with all driveways, it is an option with many concrete driveways that do not have extensive damage.

Design Upgrades

You might find out that one of your major issues with the concrete driveway is design and irrigation. When you make the upgrade from concrete to asphalt, your contractor may suggest upgrading the design as well. This design upgrade is to help with irrigation as well as drainage issues. The design can help with the longevity of your asphalt driveway as well as the durability. Keep in mind; this step may include adding drainage grates or side grates as well.

If you feel that an asphalt driveway is going to be more beneficial to you than the current concrete driveway you have, contact your asphalt contractor. They can schedule a consultation to answer your questions. They can also help with pricing questions, options and design options that may be ideal for your home and your driveway.