Should You Do a Concrete or Asphalt Driveway?

If you're thinking about getting a new driveway, you've probably heard of two options: concrete and asphalt. But what are they? And how do they differ?

When it comes to making that decision, you should consider what's important to you. For example, if you're looking for a long-lasting driveway, then concrete may be the better option. However, if you're looking for something that is less expensive and easier to maintain, then asphalt may be a better choice.

Let's take a closer look at each type of material:

Asphalt is made from petroleum products, which makes it a natural product that's been used as a paving material for centuries. It's a porous material that can absorb water and has excellent drainage capabilities. Asphalt also has good flexibility and is widely available in different grades and compositions, so it can be adapted to almost any climate or application.

Concrete is composed of crushed rock, sand, and gravel bonded together with cement paste. This makes it much harder than asphalt, which is why concrete tends to last longer than asphalt under heavy traffic conditions.

 

 

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Concrete Driveways

Cost:  about $5-$7 per square foot

Pros:

  • While concrete driveways are more expensive initially than asphalt ones, they're cheaper in the long run due to their lifespan
  • Concrete driveways require little upkeep and will last for years
  • Longer lifespan especially with proper maintenance
  • Can be customized to match your house and style
  • Weather resistant

Cons:

  •  While concrete driveways are more expensive initially than asphalt ones, they're cheaper in the long run because they last longer and require less maintenance.
  • Require more preparation work (ex. soil compaction)

 

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Asphalt Driveways

Cost:  about $2-$3 per square foot

Pros:

  • Less expensive than concrete; asphalt is more affordable because it's easier to install than
  • You don't need to break up the ground before pouring it
  • It's more flexible so it can be installed in areas that have slopes or dips in them
  • Can also be custom colored to match your house or yard.

Cons:

  • They won't last as long as a concrete driveway even with regular maintenance, which means they'll need replacing sooner
  • Require more frequent sealing and patching

 

If you're still unsure which kind of driveway is right for you, talk it over with your contractor! They'll be happy to walk you through all the options available so that you can choose one that fits your needs perfectly.

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