Driveway Science

When the time comes to install a new driveway, your biggest decision is usually whether to use concrete or asphalt. There are other driveway material choices, too—brick pavers at the high end—but concrete and asphalt are the most common. Depending on the climate where you live, concrete or asphalt driveways are both good options.


Concrete is one of the most commonly used hard surface materials for driveways. Concrete is made by mixing cement with sand and gravel.


Asphalt is the other common material used for driveways and roads. It is often referred to as blacktop because of its color. Asphalt is made from a combination of stone and sand fused together with material left over from the production of gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

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