Concrete Driveway vs Asphalt
Concrete Contractors Milwaukee Relies on for Asphalt and Concrete Facts
Making the decision to install a new driveway involves many factors which tend to get overlooked. Deciding when to install your new driveway, what company to use and even what type of driveway are all substantial decisions. Dornbrook Construction continues to receive inquiries regarding these questions. To help make your new home improvement decision simple, we provided all the necessary information needed to choose between a new asphalt or concrete driveway installation below. When considering all the aspects, it’s important to understand the facts.
Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which is Better?
As Milwaukee’s leading concrete company, we have years of experience in driveway repairs and installations. Below you will find the pros and cons of asphalt and concrete.
Asphalt Pros and Cons
- Asphalt is less likely to crack in cold climates
- Asphalt driveways are less expensive than concrete driveways
- Asphalt doesn’t show stains like concrete
- An asphalt repair usually just requires re-layering rather than removing and reinstalling
- Asphalt has a short lifespan, much shorter than concrete
- Asphalt requires a higher level of maintenance, needs to be "resealed" every couple years
- The texture of asphalt changes with heat, turning soft on hot days
- Asphalt tends to be rougher around the edges whereas concrete has a smooth finish
- Asphalt has less options for appearance while concrete has many
- Asphalt devalues a home
Concrete Pros and Cons
- Concrete last longer than asphalt, typically around 30 years in Wisconsin
- Concrete requires low maintenance
- Concrete texture remains consistent in hot and cold climates
- Concrete can be upgraded with many different textures and colors offering a premium, exterior finish to your home
- Concrete can crack with time
- Certain agents like salt can damage concrete
- Concrete can stain however stains on concrete can be removed
- Concrete costs more than asphalt
For many residential and commercial owners, concrete is the paving material of choice. In addition to the pros listed above, there are many characteristics commonly preferred with concrete.
The smooth, durable finish concrete provides is one the most favorable features. Concrete is more versatile when it comes to the numerous activities which take place on a driveway. Concrete does not absorb the sun’s heat and is smooth all around the edges. So whether it’s playing basketball or cooking out, concrete driveways offer a safer family solution.
Simply stated, you get more for your money with a concrete driveway installation. A concrete driveway can cost anywhere from 40-60% more than an equivalent asphalt driveway yet will have a much longer lifespan. When cost is measured and compared over each lifespan, the two driveway types are unparalleled.