Asphalt and concrete driveways are the two most common types of driveways, and for good reason. They both provide a number of different advantages and meet the needs of most people. However, they offer different features and drawbacks. Knowing the differences between asphalt and concrete driveways can help you make a decision about which one is best for you.
Asphalt driveways are more common than concrete driveways, simply because they cost much less. Asphalt driveways last 20 years on average without repairs, which is quite long, but still bring with it the added cost of repairs down the road. However, repairs are fairly quick and easy to make, and will not be too much of hassle. Asphalt driveways only come in black, and need to be resealed every five years at the minimum.
However, asphalt can easily and cheaply be resurfaced every few years to fix smaller cracks and holes in the driveway, which can improve the longevity of the driveway. Asphalt holds up very well under extreme cold weather conditions, but will soften and expand in hot weather, which makes it more easily damaged. With this said, asphalt driveways are much more ideal for cold climates over hot ones, or for those who are operating under a budget. If this seems like the right option for your driveway, contact professional contractors, such as Bonness Inc.
Concrete driveways cost significantly more than asphalt driveways, but offer higher durability. They can withstand a much heftier beating than asphalt driveways can, and hold up much better in warm weather. They will not expand or crack when exposed to extreme heat, though freezing temperatures can cause concrete to split or become damaged, making concrete ideal for warmer climates.
Concrete driveways, by virtue of simply being much more durable, last upwards of forty years, which is twice as long as asphalt driveways. They do not need to be resealed at all, like asphalt driveways do, but they do need to be degreased fairly regularly to prevent staining and discoloring. Concrete driveways do not get resurfaced.
Concrete driveways can come in a number of different colors and finishes, and can be customized to match the aesthetic of your house much easier than asphalt can. However, by virtue of it's customization and higher durability, it is much harder to repair concrete driveways that have become damaged, and thus much more expensive. As a result, concrete driveways are really only ideal for those who have the money to spend on a custom driveway for aesthetic purposes, or who live in primarily hot climates.