Asphalt is a common material used in the creation of roads, parking lots and industrial areas, but often it is overlooked for people's driveways because they assume that concrete is better despite all the evidence of asphalt being used in huge quantities. While it is certainly true that concrete offers some advantages over asphalt, such as the time it takes between repairs, asphalt contractors would point to the many tangible benefits asphalt has over concrete in return. Here are three reasons that illustrate why you would be just as well served by an asphalt company as you would by a concrete one.

The Cost

Asphalt is virtually always going to be cheaper than concrete, and in many cases, it can be over 20% cheaper, which is a significant amount of cash when you are dealing with thousands of dollars. This means that people who need long driveways often gravitate towards asphalt because they get more for less. If you live in a rural area or just want a long, arching driveway to your home, then asphalt is generally the better choice that most builders would recommend. The differences between concrete and asphalt are not big enough to justify the increased price.

Spot Repairs

It is true that asphalt on a whole will require more regular repairs than concrete, but when you look at it in context, the benefit swings back to asphalt. Problems with asphalt often occur in one or two spots at most, and these can be dealt with on their own, using asphalt you can buy from most hardware stores. If your concrete driveway cracks or the foundations become untenable, then the whole thing needs to be painstakingly removed or else it could cause serious danger to your car and surrounding buildings. As long as you take good care of your asphalt and get it done by a professional asphalt company, there is no need to worry about this difference at all.

Widely Available And Quick To Install

Concrete driveways take a lot more planning than asphalt, and it is also harder to find contractors who are able to do it on short notice. Asphalt, on the other hand, is very easy to source, and there are many contractors ready to go at a moment's notice. It can also be ready to drive on quickly, sometimes within the same day and at most within 24 hours, whereas concrete has a much lengthier installation time if you do not want your car to sink in wet concrete and aggregate. 

To learn more, contact an asphalt company.