Concrete vs Asphalt: Which Material is Best For Your Driveway?

Concrete Driveway in San Diego
Like & Share:

There are a few building materials for driveways and deciding on which one is best for you will depend solely on your needs.

Asphalt and concrete are two of the most used materials for driveways due to their qualities, however, each of them has different characteristics that makes them unique.

Here are some comparisons between asphalt and concrete driveways:

Cost 

On average, asphalt driveways cost about $3 to $5 per square foot. Concrete runs $4 to $10 per square foot. 

Lifespan

With good maintenance, concrete can last up to 30 years, while asphalt lasts 20 years on an average.

Resurfacing

Concrete resurfacing doesn’t perform well, in order to do so, old concrete has to be removed to ensure the new concrete adheres to the surface. On the other hand, asphalt can be poured over existing concrete only if the existing concrete driveway is in good conditions and solid.

Repairs

If a concrete driveway is not properly maintained it will eventually crack. To prevent this, good maintenance habits will make the difference as well as repairing existing cracks.

The main difference between repairing asphalt and concrete is that to repair cracks in asphalt your contractor will have to remove and replace the cracked sections of your driveway and with concrete, you can repair without replacing the piece.

Eco-friendliness

Concrete is the most-used man-made material in the world for many reasons, but one of them is because concrete is 100% recyclable, so instead of ending in landfills, concrete can be broken down and used in other construction purposes or in new pavement.

Color properties

In San Diego we have great weather, we have sunlight almost all year round, but during summer months the heat can be a serious issue that can affect our lives, so when it comes to choosing a concrete driveway material, you should consider that dark colors absorb more heat than light colors.

So, which building material is the best for you? When it comes to durability, environmental impact and safety, concrete is the best option for street, driveway and floor construction without a doubt, but if you still have more questions about concrete construction please give us a call, at Agundez Concrete, we’d love to help you learn more about the concrete services we offer for San Diego homeowners.

 

2 thoughts on “Concrete vs Asphalt: Which Material is Best For Your Driveway?”

  1. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that asphalt is cheaper and can be resurfaced. My husband and I are planning a custom home, and we’re talking about what we want to do for the driveway. We plan on being there for the rest of our lives, so it would be nice to be able to simply resurface the driveway when it needs an update, so we’ll definitely look into using asphalt. Thanks for the great post!

  2. Thanks for the info on here. Sometimes we get calls for an asphalt driveway but customers will often ask if concrete would be a better option. We tell them the same things you share here and we want what is best for them and not for us. If concrete makes more sense to them we go ahead and tell them to go with that option.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *