Your driveway is one of the most important parts of your home’s value. That’s why choosing the right material is critical. But how do you know whether you should choose concrete or asphalt? There are several reasons why you should choose one option over another. Let’s review the difference between asphalt and concrete so you can find the right material to enhance the look of your home’s landscaping.
Pros of Concrete
More visual options available
One of the biggest differences when it comes to asphalt vs concrete are the design options. Concrete allows for more customization such as unique patterns that give your driveway or path character.
Concrete also lasts longer than asphalt. One of the biggest flaws with asphalt is it is susceptible to the elements. Heat, water, and traffic can cause it to crack or crumble, leading to costly repairs. Concrete can last for decades without having to make repairs.
Cons of Concrete
Doesn’t do well in cold temperatures
Concrete can fall victim to extremely cold temperatures. The expansion and contraction of concrete due to sudden temperature changes can cause cracks.
Easy to stain
Concrete is porous and can stain easily if not maintained properly. We recommend regular cleaning such as sweeping your paths or using a pressure washer regularly to remove debris and dirt that can lead to staining.
Requires more repairs
If your concrete is located in a high traffic area, then you may find yourself having to make frequent repairs.
Make sure to protect your concrete from heavy objects or dragging things across it, which can lead to cracks or permanent scratches.
Takes longer to cure
Unlike asphalt which can cure in about a day, concrete can take much longer. This may prevent you from being able to enter your property and could lead to damaging the concrete during the curing process.
When deciding between asphalt and concrete, it is important to consider your budget. A concrete driveway is more durable, therefore it costs more than an asphalt driveway.
Pros of Asphalt
Sealing is required every few years
Unlike concrete, which requires new material to be poured and a long curing time, asphalt can be resealed every few years, restoring it to its original look.
Easy to repair
Maintaining asphalt is simpler and more affordable than concrete. In most cases, repairs can be made in just a few hours. There is also no extensive curing time so you can use your driveway again, often on the same day.
Ready to use in a few days
A driveway can be installed in a matter of hours and be ready to use in a few days, depending on the temperature. If you are in a cooler climate, then you should be able to walk on your driveway again in a couple of days. A hotter climate may require a little longer for the driveway to cure.
Asphalt is affordable for many reasons. It is quick to install, requires little time to prepare, and requires less maintenance than concrete. This makes it a cost-effective solution for home and business owners.
Cons of Asphalt
Does not do well in extreme heat
As we noted, heat can have a major impact on asphalt, particularly when it is curing for the first time. We recommended planting some trees or bushes near your driveway or path to shade and protect your asphalt. It will also make it less painful to walk on with bare feet during the summer months.
Does not last as long as concrete
Asphalt is a great solution for homeowners or business owners who want to provide an attractive space for their guests or customers. However, you will likely have to do regular sealing and maintenance for this type of driveway, such as filling potholes, to ensure it is safe to use.
Driveway Paving Canada are your asphalt and concrete specialists. We can help you find the right solution for your home or business to ensure you get many years of use out of your new driveway or path. Contact us today for a quote or consultation.