Asphalt or Concrete for your Beverly Hills, Michigan Driveway?

There are many different materials that can be used to pave a driveway in Beverly Hills, Michigan.   You may be considering cobblestone, gravel, and brick pavers.  However, after researching each of the materials, we find that most narrow down their search to either an asphalt driveway or a poured concrete driveway.

If you are considering either concrete or asphalt for your driveway, read on to find learn about each so you can make an informed decision on which material you should use for your driveway

Why Use Asphalt for Your Beverly Hills Driveway?

There are some benefits to using asphalt as your material of choice for a driveway.  It’s true, that asphalt tends to install compared to poured concrete.  An asphalt driveway is more flexible than concrete so it’s less prone to crack.  If installed correctly and properly maintained, an asphalt driveway should last between 10-20 years.

Maintenance is a very important factor before you install an asphalt driveway in Beverly Hills.  It’s one of the major reasons homeowners choose not to use asphalt.  It needs to be sealed every few years and any cracks or holes should be filled as soon as possible to avoid significant deterioration over the years.

Some additional benefits of an asphalt driveway is that they hide stains and spills better than concrete due to its dark surface.  Also, they’re easy to clean and asphalt does allow water to pass through, so you rarely see any puddles on your driveway.

Asphalt is not the best choice when considering hot summer days.  The asphalt driveway can become sticky as temperatures rise.  Over time, UV light and high heat will break down and dry out asphalt binding agents which could lead to cracking.

Why Use Concrete for your Beverly Hills driveway?

Poured concrete is one of the most favored materials to use for residential driveways in Beverly Hills, Michigan. Concrete is durable and long-lasting when installed properly and maintained.  Like asphalt, concrete does allow water to pass through.  However, it does not become soft on hot summer days like asphalt does.   Because of this, concrete can handle much heavier loads making it a perfect material for residents that own larger trucks, RV’s or boats.

Concrete does have a downside.  It can potentially crack if not properly maintained.  Applying a sealer will help reduce cracking from moisture and de-icers.  However, compared to asphalt, a concrete driveway can last on average, 30 years or more.

If you are on a tight budget, asphalt may be a better choice for you.  But, in the long run, your concrete driveway will end up costing you less when considering the cost of asphalt maintenance and nearly a 10-year reduction on average in lifespan.


Why Hire Flat Rock Concrete Construction for your Beverly Hills concrete driveway replacement?

We are a family-owned business with over 30 years of experience pouring concrete driveways not only in Bloomfield Hills, but across Oakland and Macomb counties.   Our crews are professional and experienced with pouring commercial and residential concrete driveways.  If you are searching for a concrete contractor that has plenty of experience pouring residential concrete driveways in Bloomfield Hills, give us a call today!  We can be reached at 248-379-0250.

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