Concrete versus asphalt driveways: what you should consider before selecting

Are you thinking about replacing your driveway? Or maybe you are ready for that side entrance with an extra parking space that you have always dreamed of? Maybe you are buying a home and want to know what the advantages to either paving material are? Whatever your reason, if you are curious about driveway paving, this blog post is for you. There are dozens of options available to you when it comes to driveways. In many rural settings, dirt and gravel driveways are still very popular. In higher end settings, decorative pavers have made a huge splash. Despite these trends, concrete and asphalt are still the two most popular paving options for driveways. There are advantages to either type of material, and what works best for one person may not hold true for another. This blog post will discuss some things you need to consider before selecting a material, and offer some advantages for each type of pavement material. By the end of the post, you should have a pretty good idea what option might be best for your particular situation. Should you have any further questions or if you are just not sure which direction to go in, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Holland Hurst, who will be able to answer any questions you may have about the process.
  1. The first question you need to ask yourself is what is my budget. Considering your budget is probably the most important question you should ask yourself. A basic asphalt driveway costs around two to five dollars per square foot. By comparison, a concrete driveway will likely cost three to ten dollars per square foot. Keep in mind these prices will vary slightly by region, and can be much, much higher if you select a pattern or any type of decorative element.
  2. A second question to ask yourself is how long do you need the driveway to last. Are you planning on living in this home forever, or are you just flipping the home for a profit? Concrete driveways tend to last longer than asphalt driveways, with an average lifespan of around thirty or so years. Asphalt driveways last around twenty years or so with good care.
  3. A third question to ask yourself is how much maintenance are you willing to put forth throughout the lifetime of your driveway. Asphalt driveways require more maintenance than concrete driveways do, but the maintenance and repairs for asphalt tend to be easier. Concrete driveways are for the most part, maintenance free. Cracks in asphalt driveways are easy to patch and cover up, while cracks in concrete driveways leave unsightly, more expensive repair. Another consideration to make is that if your car leaks oil or gas, it is more likely to show up on concrete.
  4. A fourth question to ask is are there weather extremes in your region of the country. Because asphalt is a flexible pavement surface, it tends to handle extreme fluctuations in weather better than concrete. If you live in an area that regularly sees extreme weather fluctuations, you may want to consider asphalt for your next driveway project.