Aspalt vs. Concrete: Pros and Cons for the Driveway


Driveways are a standard part of a home.  However, the kind of driveway that you choose will depend on the size of your budget and the type of climate you live in.  You’ll  find driveways in different styles including gravel, brick, asphalt and concrete.  However, asphalt and concrete are the most common.  When choosing either asphalt or concrete, it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the two.

Which Cost More To Install?

It will cost you more to install a concrete driveway than an asphalt one.

What Surface is Better?

If you choose concrete, the material does not require maintenance and will last longer than an asphalt driveway.  On the other hand, asphalt lasts long, as well, and is cheaper than laying down concrete, especially if you have a large driveway to work with.

Which Has a Better Foundation?

Concrete and asphalt driveways both must have good foundations for them to be correctly installed.  However, when it comes to having a better foundation, asphalt is the best choice for extreme temperature changes.  Concrete may crack under certain situations.  Choose concrete or asphalt based on your location, your budget, and your personal preferences.

How Long Do You Have to Wait To Use Your Driveway After Paving?

With asphalt, you may be able to drive on it the same day as when it is paved.  However, opinions on this will vary according to driveway professionals. Most recommend that you wait a week before driving on your newly installed driveway.

How Long Do Asphalt and Concrete Last?

If you lay down a concrete driveway, it could last up to 30 years.  If you lay down an asphalt, it could last up to 20 years.  However, your driveway may last longer or need to be replaced sooner depending on the use that it receives.

Which Lasts Longer?

Asphalt driveways do not last as long as concrete.  They require more maintenance.  However, they are easier to repair than concrete.  Although concrete lasts longer, if you use the wrong de-icing product you can damage their surfaces.

Can You Resurface a Concrete Driveway?

To resurface a concrete driveway, you would need to remove the existing surface.  Many professionals say that resurfacing a concrete driveway is not a good choice because of poor performance.  However, if the current concrete surface is stable, asphalt can be paved over it.

Can Cracks Get Repaired in Concrete or Asphalt?

With asphalt, you can seal small cracks.  Larger cracks, however, may need to be removed and then replaced.  With concrete, the only way to fix cracks is to replace the concrete.

How do You Extend the Life of a Newly Paved Driveway?

There are two important things you can do.  Be sure to keep your concrete driveway clear of debris.  Also, pressure wash the concrete every few years.  For asphalt, it’s important to seal them every three years.

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