Are you looking to install a new driveway or replace an aging one? You may already have been caught up in the concrete vs asphalt driveway debate. Both materials provide decades of functionality and there are millions of homeowners who will happily tell you the perks of each. Our question: which is better? Today, we’ll compare the unique benefits and drawbacks of each material, then you can decide for yourself!
What are the Advantages of an Asphalt Driveway?
Cheaper doesn’t always mean better, but asphalt provides a pretty hefty price advantage over concrete. While maintenance for asphalt is more frequently required than it is for concrete, repair jobs are simple and the costs very affordable.
Asphalt also provides a few functional advantages over concrete, such as seasonal flexibility. Asphalt expands and contracts as the weather changes, enabling your driveway to withstand seasonal temperature changes without cracking. If your driveway does suffer cracks or holes, these can be easily sealed without noticeable blemishes on your driveway. Finally, once an asphalt driveway is installed, it’s normally available for use the same day (concrete typically requires 7 days).
Does Concrete Have Any Unique Benefits?
Concrete is a little hardier than asphalt. This is both a benefit and a drawback, as repairs are needed less frequently but are more difficult to perform. Well maintained concrete can last up to 30 years, ten more than asphalt. While oil and gas stains are more visible on concrete, it doesn’t inflict as much damage. Pressure washing can help remove any spills that have adhered to the driveway.
Get Your Driveway Installed by Professionals!
In summary: concrete may last longer, but asphalt driveways are much easier to maintain and much cheaper to install. If you’re interested in having a new asphalt driveway installed, feel free to contact our professionals at ATX Asphalt Paving. We’d be happy to provide you with an estimate for your home or business, and answer any of your questions! Call 512-646-6069.