Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveway

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If you have undertaken a new house construction or paving project for your current residence and you’re wondering what is the best material for driveways or you haven’t decided how to pave your driveway if so you’ve come to the right place! 

Here, at A+ Driveway Replacement, we’ll clarify any doubt you may have about concrete and asphalt or their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to using these materials for driveways. To make sure you make the right choice on your driveway project read this valuable information below. 

When you’re in the market looking for a surface material for your driveway project, you’ll typically have two options to choose from, asphalt and concrete. So which is the right choice? The two choices are quite similar, but they still have some differences that you should know before making a decision. 

Concrete & Asphalt Similarities

Both concrete and asphalt are the most common materials used in residential properties for driveways and both need a solid foundation prepared before application. 

Both are made from the same materials, stone, and sand. 

Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveway

Characteristics  Asphalt  Concrete 
Cost $2.00 – $4.00 per square foot $4.00 – $6.00 per square foot
Durability Less Durable  Highly Durable
Maintenance  Needs to sealed every 3-5 years Sealing is optional
Repairs Difficult  Easy
Colors Primarily Black  Various Color Options
Finishes  None Different Types
Longevity  30 years+ 50 years+

Curb Appeal 

Concrete is more versatile than asphalt. Most homeowners want an attractive and beautiful entry to their houses, that can be achieved with concrete. Concrete can be tinted, stained or stamped to get the desired look. 

Weather Issues  

Climate is an important factor for both paving materials. While concrete can suffer cracks from frost heaving during cold and freezing winters, asphalt experiences issues during hotter climates. In summer, the tar in asphalt becomes soft and tacky in the high heat of summer and can stick to shoes, clothing and vehicle tires.

This way we help homeowners make the right choice. As you can see, there are many factors to consider when choosing a concrete driveway or asphalt driveway. Concrete is a preferred driveway material and for good reason. 

In case you require expert help to replace or install a new concrete driveway, don’t hesitate to contact our experts. For a driveway professionally and properly installed turn to the specialists at A+ Driveway Replacement, call us today! 


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