Which Material Is the Best Choice for Your New Driveway?

Is your current driveway cracked, sunken, and crumbling? It might be time for a replacement. Before you start calling local contractors, however, you need to consider the durability, future maintenance, and appearance that you would like for your new driveway.

Associated Paving Contractors has been a trusted residential and commercial concrete contractor in Philadelphia for over 40 years. We can create your new driveway, and we can help you choose the best material for your needs. Here are a few of the most common options:

Concrete

Concrete driveways are low-maintenance, and they can last for decades! This material suits most architectural designs, and you can pour it into strong geometric shapes to create a customized, modern look. It is susceptible to cracks from freezing, rock salt, and tree roots. Also, laid concrete needs to set for at least two weeks before you can start using it.

Asphalt

You can start driving on an asphalt driveway in only two to three days. This durable surface can last thirty or more years, and it’s more affordable than concrete. It will require resealing every three to five years — a simple and affordable process. Unlike concrete, asphalt won’t start cracking during winter freezes, but it can soften up a bit in the summer heat.

Decorative Pavers

Pavers come in several styles, such as brick, cobblestone, and precast concrete. Bricks can be weaker than other materials, while cobblestones are even stronger than concrete. All pavers are vulnerable to damage from tree roots, but one or two cracked pieces can be relatively easy to replace. Pavers are pricier than other options, however, and their color choices are usually limited.

Imprinted Asphalt

Imprinted asphalt has the beauty of pavers, the strength of concrete, and the flexibility of asphalt. This revolutionary paving process uses state-of-the-art acrylic polymer technology that holds up against extreme weather while providing an authentic look of slate, stone, or brick. It is more affordable than pavers and usually comparable in cost to concrete. Finally, imprinted asphalt comes in numerous UV stable colors that will remain bright for years to come.

Start Laying Your New Driveway

Associated Paving Contractors provides services for your next construction job, including concrete paving, asphalt repairs, and trash dumpster rentals in the Bucks County area. We will help you to find a driveway material that fits your needs and budget. Contact us today for a free estimate on your next big job!