Asphalt vs. Concrete Which should you choose?

asphaltWhen you're putting in or replacing a driveway, the first consideration you'll have to make is whether you need an asphalt or a concrete driveway. These are the two main choices, and both provide an attractive finish. Here's what you need to know about the two.

Asphalt Is Less Expensive Than Concrete

First, asphalt is a less expensive option to install. It provides an attractive a uniform finish, just like concrete, but at a fraction of the price. This is particularly valuable for large driveways where the cost of concrete is prohibitive. When it comes to your home, saving money is always a good thing.

Asphalt Is Easier to Maintain

Both materials will crack, especially in climates where it freezes and thaws throughout the winter, which is common in Maryland. However, asphalt is easier to maintain when it does crack. Simply filling the cracks and adding a coat of sealant makes the driveway look almost as good as new! Additionally, blacktop is a dark color, which means that it's less likely to stain and drips from your car no longer will mean your driveway is ruined.

Maintenance for asphalt driveways requires sealing every 3 to 5 years. This is not a difficult process, and once it's done the look of the driveway is restored. Concrete driveways don't require sealing, but staining is a serious problem that requires quite a bit of elbow grease to eliminate. When concrete cracks, it's much harder to repair and it's also quite a bit more obvious due to the effects of weathering.

Both Provide Longevity and Durability

One of the reasons many homeowners choose concrete over asphalt is because they believe the concrete is a more durable option. This is a myth, when installed properly, blacktop is one of the most durable driveway options.

As a testament to the durability of asphalt consider that it is the option of choice for most commercial properties! It's pliable and flexible nature means it can withstand the normal settling of the ground that would crack other surfaces. Typically a blacktop driveway can last 30 years or more, as long as it is well maintained.

Both concrete and asphalt are great options for your driveway, but if you want the best bang for your buck, then you will want to consider asphalt. For a free estimate contact Goode Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. today!