Choosing Between Asphalt Driveway Paving and Gravel

For the homeowner planning to install a new driveway, asphalt driveway paving, though more commonly used, may not always be the best choice. At times a gravel driveway may be the better choice. Check out some of the differences between these two types of driveways below.

Asphalt Paving

If you plan to use your driveway for a longer period of time, you will find the asphalt driveway to require less maintenance than gravel. Asphalt stays where its laid, doesn't spread outside its boundaries. Another advantage to asphalt is that during spring runoff when soil may become mud, asphalt will always remain firm and unyielding to vehicles driven or parked on it. In addition, driving on asphalt is relatively noiseless. If you don't mind paying more for asphalt, it could be a good choice for you.

Gravel Driveways

The primary advantage of a gravel driveway is its lower cost. You will not only pay less for gravel than for asphalt, but you can spread it, yourself. You don't need special equipment, and if you plan to use your driveway for only a brief period of time, gravel can be more easily removed. The down side to gravel is that it can be a less solid surface when you have rainy weather, melting snow, or other types of draining.