Concrete versus Asphalt: Which is Better for a Driveway?
Asphalt is indeed the most popular way to pave a driveway, due to its lower initial cost but pricing for concrete parking lot paving has come much closer to that of asphalt in recent years due to improved equipment and the rise of asphalt prices. It is important to note that even though asphalt is still cheaper than concrete, its lifetime costs greatly outweighs that of concrete due to the maintenance requirements.
Things to consider before paving your driveway:
Asphalt needs to be resealed and resurfaced regularly to maintain its appearance and integrity. Maintenance costs for concrete are nearly zero—only some joint sealing and annual cleaning.
Concrete surfaces are much lighter in color which can help you save on lighting costs of your driveway. You can reduce the amount of lighting in your driveway by about 30% and still have the same brightness, keeping your driveway safe and bright while saving you some money!
The lighter color of concrete will also reduce the heat-island effect and keep the driveway cooler in temperature during those hot summer months; this helps lower cooling costs for your home.
Concrete pavement is much more durable and able to handle heavy loads without creating divots, rut or potholes.
A concrete driveway is also much more environmentally friendly! Runoff from concrete is of low toxicity and much cooler than from asphalt surfaces. Also, concrete can contain more recycled materials than asphalt.
If you still are debating or have questions about your driveway paving plans, get in touch with us and we will offer our ideas and advice for your project!