Both concrete and asphalt driveways need solid foundations prepared by experts to ensure optimum long term results.
Asphalt resurfacing is the preferred option in Australia for carparks, larger driveways, semi-rural areas and high traffic areas as it is more easily repaired and can be resurfaced again in future at a relatively low cost.
Having said this, there are several factors to consider when choosing a material to resurface a driveway and different materials may suit different requirements.
If you are considering a driveway resurface it is likely that you’re facing a cracked or aged driveway that needs a facelift to add that all important street appeal or wow factor to your home, business or strata complex.
Trevor from NK Asphalt offers some valuable advice “If cracked, concrete usually needs to be replaced. It will rarely look good, or last, if repaired or patched, whereas asphalt is much easier to repair, either with resurfacing or removing a section and replacing.”
What is the difference between concrete and asphalt?
Both concrete and asphalt take time to cure before they can be used. For concrete it can be one to three weeks, whereas asphalt is ready to be driven on within hours. This is of particular advantage when dealing with long, semi-rural driveways or parking areas to shops, residential units and commercial premises.
The main difference between concrete and asphalt driveways lies in the binder used in the process. While concrete uses cement, asphalt uses bitumen. This provides different characteristics to the look, feel, cost and durability of the end result.
One of the benefits of asphalt is that it doesn’t need joints. Whilst both can be damaged by tree roots, the asphalt tends to crack and deform to a hump, whereas the concrete cracks and lifts as a raised jagged edge, with potential tyre damage and trip hazard.
How much does driveway resurfacing cost?
Due to numerous variables from one job to another, an ‘average’ rate is not available (e.g. size, access, locations condition of existing surface, type of vehicle use/traffic, colour among others).
Which is the best material for driveway resurfacing?
Weighing up the pros and cons, asphalt is the preferred option for Councils, commercial areas and private driveway resurfacing for the following reasons:
- Cost: Much cheaper than alternatives which require demolition and replacement
- Construction Time: Can be used within hours and laid much quicker than pavers or concrete
- Easy to repair: Cracks can be easily filled with a cracksealer to extend life
- Longevity: Can last 30 years, depending on design and type of use
- Grip: the texture is considered safer because it provides some skid resistance
- Glare: lower reflective glare than limestone, concrete and pavers
NK Asphalt’s team of experts can help you to understand what you need and even provide an estimate over the phone.