Concrete vs Asphalt, planning a project

Old 10-28-14, 04:05 PM
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Concrete vs Asphalt, planning a project


I was thinking of creating a driveway along the side of my house
I need to do this on a budget, What are the cost differences per cubic yard for asphalt vs concrete?

Also the paved area will serve as a medium to divert water away from the foundation of the house. Will the asphalt be more porous than concrete for this purpose?

Any advice will be appreciated
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Asphalt is considerably cheaper and because it's somewhat flexible it's usually a much better choice in colder areas like you were in. Another advantage is ice and snow melt off of it much quicker than they do off of concrete.
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No question about the price for most projects. Good asphalt needs more space(room) to place and compact properly otherwise, you just get a black ground cover that may not last long enough. A roller to properly place asphalt takes a lot of room to get enough passes to compact.

Concrete is far superior if you have an area that is tight or must be durable in cold climates because the mix can be adjusted (strength, air content, absorption, durability, etc.) for the local weather demands.

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While concrete will cost more upfront, it's a longer lasting product with less maintenance. Asphalt needs to be sealed every few yrs but as noted above the dark pavement will facilitate snow melting.
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either one will crack in time. recycled asphalt will hold up well after sun hits it. and is cheap. might need a treated wood border.
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Consider weather, too. Asphalt will be difficult to deal with in cold weather. Our local guy tells us to get the orders in early and don't wait on winter to do it. Concrete on the other hand can be tempered properly for the weather in most instances.
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horsepucky ! i never saw any difference in recycled asphalt products & virgin blacktop nor has any state dot of which i'm aware,,, IF sun has to hit the wearing course for rap to be effective, its VERY doubtful any specifying public agency would allow the stuff,,, last i knew, nysdot was allowing 15% rap in road/hgwy resurfacing - even if paving @ nite under moonlight
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Have you considered pavers? I need a new driveway soon and would LOVE to use pavers but the driveway slope is too steep. Might cost a little more, unless you do a lot of the work yourself. It would look 100x better and last a millenium.

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