When installing a new or replacement driveway you have a choice in paving materials. The two most common materials used in driveway paving is concrete and asphalt. There are pros and cons to both paving materials. The three big differences are looks, cost and longevity.
Cost: Concrete driveways have a higher upfront cost, but in the long run will NOT need to be repaired and replaced as frequently as an asphalt driveway.
Aesthetics: Nothing looks as good as a bright, freshly poured concrete driving leading up to your home. Talk about curb appeal!
Longevity: Concrete is a solid material that will last years. During hot summer days there’s no need to worry about pot holes developing. Concrete is rigid and durable material that withstand more impact and weight than an asphalt driveway. You can expect a quality concrete driveway to last 20-30 years or more.
Maintenance: To keep your driveway looking good over the years we recommend resealing your concrete every 5 years. This will help protect the surface from pitting and deteriorating from salt.
Cost: When compared to concrete, asphalt is considered a cost-effective paving material. An asphalt driveway can be as much as 60% cheaper than a concrete driveway.
Aesthetics: A freshly paved asphalt driveway can provide nice curb appeal to a home. Also, your asphalt can be sealed-coated to return the shine to the surface.
Longevity: Asphalt is a popular driveway paving material for homeowners. With quality installation you should be able to enjoy your asphalt driveway for years to come. Climate can have a major effect on the longevity of an asphalt driveway. When compared to a concrete driveway, asphalt simply can’t match the durability and longevity that concrete provides during a Minnesota Winter.
Maintenance: 1-2 years after installing a new asphalt driveway it should be sealed. From there, it should be seal coated every 2-3 years. Also, asphalt can be damaged from parked vehicles, boats, RV’s, etc. on hot summer days.
Contact us to further discuss the differences between asphalt and concrete as a driveway paving material.