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Asphalt Vs. Concrete Driveways – What's The Difference?

by Dawn Henry

Asphalt and concrete represent two of the most popular paving options for homeowners when it's time to pave the driveway. While each of these materials consists largely of aggregate like gravel and sand, they differ in the binding agent used to hold this aggregate together and form a strong, solid surface for driving; concrete relies on Portland cement, while asphalt uses a petroleum by-product known as hot liquid asphalt. This small difference in composition results in big differences in cost, appearance, and maintenance. When you're ready to pave or re-pave your driveway, understanding the differences between these materials can help you find the right paving product for your home.

Cost

Asphalt, such as installed by Construction Asphalt Paving Services Inc., represents the cheapest material you can use to pave your driveway. It costs about 30 percent less than concrete, making it the ideal options for homeowners on a budget. Keep in mind that though asphalt costs less now, it might not always be the more affordable of the two options. While Portland cement prices are relatively stable, liquid asphalt is derived from petroleum—the price of which can fluctuate wildly based on supply, political, or environmental issues. Any spike is oil prices will also lead to a spike in asphalt pricing over time.

Color and Style

Asphalt has a characteristic black or deep gray color. While some may consider this lack of color a negative, or feel that it makes the home look drab, others value its dark hue for its ability to hide stains. If you park your car and it drips oil, the resulting oil stain will blend right into asphalt. On concrete, it will stand out, detracting from the curb appeal of your home. Of course, it's also possible to dress concrete paving up using dyes or stamping techniques to add color and texture, which just isn't possible with asphalt.

Maintenance

In cold climate zones, concrete is subject to cracking, particularly when exposed to salt and other deicers. Asphalt holds up much better under these conditions, resisting cracks and damage. No matter what your climate, asphalt paving requires sealing every year or so, while concrete requires virtually no maintenance.

Lifespan and Replacement

In general, concrete paving will last longer than asphalt, sometimes decades more under the right conditions. When asphalt breaks down, you can often simply resurface or add layers rather than completely removing and repaving. With concrete, despite its longer life, you generally need to demolish and remove the concrete before you can replace it, as it's often not possible to restore it via resurfacing.

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