Asphalt driveways are clean, sleek, and highly durable. They can be driven on just 24 hours after laying, as opposed to waiting a week for concrete to cure. With proper maintenance, they are unlikely to develop major problems that could lead to expensive repairs, and they are not prone to staining (concrete) or dust and debris (gravel). However, the main weakness of an asphalt driveway lies in its vulnerable edges. Here is what you need to know to protect your driveway’s edges.
Asphalt Vs. Concrete Driveway Edges
When compared to the edges of a concrete driveway, the edges of an asphalt driveway look very different. Concrete is installed using rectangular forms, so the edges are straight and crisp. Asphalt is installed with a paving machine, so the edges tend to be a bit rough. They also have a bit of an angle to them. This angle is actually what improves the durability of asphalt edges.
While both concrete and asphalt are prone to cracking, the repair process is different. Asphalt cracks are simpler and less expensive to repair than concrete cracks when caught early, but patching requir