If you are installing a new driveway, you may be trying to decide between concrete and asphalt. There are many differences between the two so this can be a hard decision. To help you, below are the advantages of both concrete and asphalt.
Advantages of Asphalt
No matter if you choose concrete or asphalt, you can get cracks. With asphalt, however, you have less of a chance of getting cracks in cold weather. This is because melting snow and ice seeps into any imperfections or small cracks in a concrete driveway. When the temperature drops below 32, this melting ice and snow freezes and expands, when results in cracks.
Easier snow removal
If you live in a cold climate, you likely get a lot of snow during the winter months. Because asphalt is black, it soaks up the heat from the sun much quicker than concrete, which allows the snow and ice to melt much quicker. This not only saves you a lot of time but a lot of money if you typically hire someone to remove snow and ice from your driveway.
If you choose an asphalt driveway, you will pay anywhere from $2 to $5 per square foot. On the other hand, concrete will cost you anywhere from $3 to $10 per square foot. If you choose to stamp your asphalt driveway, it can cost $3 to $9 per square foot. A customized concrete driveway with different decorative elements can cost you from $15 to $25 per square foot.
Amount of time to set
When you have a concrete driveway poured, it takes a few days to set, which means you cannot drive or walk on it until this happens. An asphalt driveway, however, will set much quicker. This also means you will not have to worry about the weather conditions, such as if it rains the next day, the asphalt driveway will not be affected.
Advantages of Concrete
Even though asphalt is less expensive, concrete will last 50 years or longer while asphalt will only last up to 30 years. This is something to take into consideration when trying to choose between the two.
You will not have to worry about resurfacing, frequent sealing, or periodic patching of a concrete driveway like you would with asphalt.
Asphalt bleeds messy tar, which means when it becomes hot outside the tar becomes sticky. This can get stuck to shoes, and then get inside of your home and get on tile and carpeting. Concrete does not melt in any way so you will not have this problem.
With a concrete driveway you can make it look like wood, stone, slate, tile, or brick. You can also add any color you like so your concrete driveway will give your home a much better aesthetic appeal.
Contact a professional to learn much more about concrete and asphalt driveways to help you make the right choice of what is best for you.