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Driveways: Asphalt vs Concrete


By ProMatcher Staff



Types of Driveways



There are two main types of driveways: asphalt and concrete. Asphalt driveways are almost always less expensive, but concrete driveways are incredibly durable and require minimal maintenance. Here are some things you should consider before hiring a contractor to install or replace your driveway.

Asphalt Driveways

The Good:

• Affordable
• Easy to install
• Repairs are simple
• Will not be damaged by cold temperatures
• Hides stains well
• Can be driven on the day after install

The Bad:

• Requires more maintenance than concrete
• Must be installed in the summer
• Needs to be sealed periodically
• May sag or crack
• No color options

The Bottom Line:

Asphalt is a relatively durable and very affordable alternative to concrete. When properly maintained, an asphalt driveway can last 20-30 years. Over time, asphalt driveways have a tendency to crack or sag, but repairs can be made with ease. If you live in a colder climate, you can rest easy knowing the freezing temperatures will not damage your driveway.


Concrete Driveways

The Good:

• Durable, long-lasting
• Very low maintenance
• Can be installed in cold weather
• Lot of design options; can be colored or stamped
• Thrives in warmer climates

The Bad:

• Expensive
• Longer installation process
• Will show every stain
• Difficult to hide repairs
• Must wait a week to drive on it

The Bottom Line:

Concrete driveways, when properly maintained, can easily last over 30 years; however, the initial investment is steep. Concrete driveways are built to last and require little to no maintenance in most cases. It can be stamped to replicate the look of a more expensive stone or brick driveway, and concrete can be dyed a variety of colors. Unfortunately, when repairs do need to be made, they are nearly impossible to hide and every stain or imperfection will be quite noticeable.





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