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Concrete vs. Asphalt Driveway?

When it’s time for a new driveway, one of your biggest decisions is whether to use concrete or asphalt.

Each material has its advantages and disadvantages; let’s look at a few:

Usage

Depending on the installation and weather, a concrete driveway may require a few days to cure before bearing the weight of a car. In most cases, a new asphalt driveway can be driven on the next day.

Longevity

A well-constructed concrete driveway will last up to 40-50 years, even with very little upkeep. A similar asphalt driveway will likely last only about 20 years of Wisconsin winters, assuming the owner properly maintains it by filling the inevitable cracks and re-sealing every 2-3 years.

Color and Texture Options

Oneil Concrete Construction offers a wide variety of colored stains to complement your property and home. In addition, we provide an array of stamped textures, patterns, and designs to lend a classy and truly custom finish to your new concrete driveway or walk.

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Asphalt, unfortunately, is typically available only in basic black …

Initial & Long-Term Costs

Concrete and asphalt have different site-prep requirements and material costs for installation. Generally speaking, a basic concrete driveway of average size can cost approximately 30-50% more than a similarly sized asphalt driveway.

But, with its lower maintenance effort and costs, and better longevity, concrete really pulls ahead in the long run. The apparent initial ‘savings’ of asphalt can easily be outpaced by the required maintenance and earlier replacement costs, while the initial investment of concrete pays for itself in virtually no ongoing maintenance and a greater lifespan.

Oneil Concrete Construction can help you plan and budget the perfect driveway or walkway for your home. Call today!

Warning Signs of Foundation or Slab Failure

Everything is better when it’s built on a solid foundation: an education, a marriage, a career. But when we’re talking about your home, it’s not just an analogy.

Does your house suffer from cracked walls, doors that won’t close, or bulging floors? These are symptoms of foundation distress. Over half of all homes built on expansive soils suffer from foundation distress. Differential movement is caused by differences in soil moisture. Loss or gain of soil moisture can cause serious shrinkage or swelling.

The first clues you’ll see as your foundation heaves or settles are cracks, bulges or bows, or other damage:

Exterior:

  • Separation around garage door, windows and/or walls
  • Wall displacement
  • Cracked blocks or bricks
  • Broken and/or cracked foundation

Interior:

  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Cracks in drywall
  • Cracks in tile or wood plank flooring

As your foundation begins to suffer this damage, it can no longer support the house framing as designed, hence the other resulting deterioration.

If you’ve noticed these signs, it’s time to call Oneil Concrete Construction.

Our team has a wide range of options for repairing your foundation:
Push Piers
Helical Piers
Wall Stabilizer
The Reinforcer

You can rely on the experienced and professional foundation repair experts of Oneil Concrete Construction to deliver quality solutions, on time and on budget.

Call today for a free consultation and estimate!