Concrete driveway or asphalt driveway? Which one will last longer? Which option will be more expensive to install? What are the most important pros and cons of each?
If you’re in the position of needing to install a driveway—or even a parking lot—at a residential or commercial location, these will likely be some of the very first questions you or your client will ask. Cost is always a crucial factor when planning jobs such as these, but so too is quality.
In this blog post, we’d like to share with you the several reasons we believe asphalt is always the wiser of the two choices.
Although asphalt paving is the more modern of the two solutions, you may be surprised to learn that an asphalt application is less expensive than a concrete job. Asphalt, in fact, tends to run anywhere from 30 to 40 percent cheaper than concrete, which means that choosing asphalt paving over a concrete lot will certainly save you money in the short term. But what about the long term?
Along with its price point, asphalt paving also comes out on top in terms of its long-term durability. For the most part, that has to do with the fact that asphalt doesn’t tend to suffer from the same sort of surface flaking, also known as “spalling,” that often affects concrete drives. The surface of a concrete driveway that’s been installed poorly, for instance, or with an incorrect mixture, will almost always experience flaking, but that’s not the case with asphalt driveways.
What’s more, thanks to the flexibility of asphalt, it’s much less likely to crack, which is a problem most concrete driveways experience during every harsh winter.
The Speed of Completion
If the driveway you’re laying needs to be usable as soon as possible, asphalt paving is really your only choice. That because it literally only takes a day or two to lay an asphalt driveway, which can then be used within roughly two to four days, depending on the size of the lot and the time of year. (Your asphalt lot will cure quickest during the spring or fall seasons, when both the days and nights tend to be cooler.)
A concrete lot, meanwhile, can sometimes take a few days longer to finish than an asphalt lot of the exact same size. And unless you’re using a special, expensive mix that allows concrete to cure quicker than it otherwise would, you should expect to wait for roughly one full week before your lot is completely finished and usable.
The Cost of Maintenance and Repairs
Although asphalt paving isn’t as likely to suffer from cracking as is concrete, even a very thickly-laid asphalt driveway can still experience cracks when the frost from a harsh winter penetrates it again and again. So, what’s the good news? Asphalt tends to be cheaper to repair than concrete, for the simple reason that asphalt itself is cheaper to purchase.
You’ll also find the process of sealcoating to be cheaper if your driveway is paved with asphalt. Even winter maintenance tends to be easier and less expensive with an asphalt-paved driveway. That’s because snow melts much quicker on asphalt than on concrete due to the deep-black tint of asphalt paving, which pulls in and retains the heat of the sun in a way concrete simply doesn’t.
Meet the Asphalt Paving Experts at Beckage Sealcoating
If you’re interested in having asphalt paving applied to a driveway or parking lot, contact Beckage Sealcoating today and request a free quote. We also handle asphalt repair and, of course, commercial and residential sealcoating. In the meantime, you may be interesting in reading some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about the asphalt paving process.
And remember: Beckage Sealcoating looks forward to having the opportunity to earn your trust, and to deliver the very best service possible in the industry today.