Getting your driveway paved is a great way to cut down on the wear and tear of your car, and also decrease the amount of dust that ends up in the garage. When you are looking to pave your driveway, you really only have two choices. You can choose asphalt or you can choose to use concrete. These materials are both widely used, and they both have pros and cons. Ultimately, it is going to come down to a personal choice, but you should be as educated as you can be before you spend the money to get your driveway paved.
If you live in an area that is constantly going through heat cycles, you may want to seriously consider asphalt. When a material heats up it will expand, and when they cool off or freeze it will contract. One of the biggest advantages to using asphalt is that it handles freeze and thaw cycles better than most materials. Where other materials crack and break during the freeze and thaw cycles, the bitumen in the asphalt allows for the material to flex just enough to make it durable in these types of conditions.
When laying concrete, the foundation has to be almost completely perfect. If there is any settling whatsoever the concrete slab can start to crack. Asphalt is a little bit more versatile. Since one of the main constituents of asphalt is bitumen, asphalt is able to flex a little bit. This comes in handy if the foundation that the pavement is on starts to settle. However, it is also very handy when the asphalt is laid over surfaces that have small potholes or are not completely flat to begin with.
Asphalt is very durable on its own, but if you use a professional grade sealcoat, you will have your paved driveway for many years to come. The sealcoat gives the asphalt extra strength, and is able to seal some of the small cracks. Eventually if cracks do start to show up, you can have the asphalt seal coated again. Asphalt is relatively easy to fix when compared to concrete. With concrete, a jack is required to pump sand and mortar under the slab. With asphalt you can seal the cracks yourself, with seal coating. There are many great aspects of paving your driveway with asphalt. For more information on commercial sealcoating, talk to a professional.