When having a driveway remodel done, you will likely have to decide between concrete or asphalt for the material. This is ultimately the biggest decision to make and is based on the climate and area you live in, your budget, and style. Both concrete and asphalt come with advantages and disadvantages for you to consider. Choosing your driveway surface should not be a quick decision without much thought put in.

In this article, we break down everything you need to know about concrete and asphalt driveway surfaces, from the benefits to disadvantages, to ultimately help you make your decision.

Concrete Advantages

  • Strength/Durability: Concrete is considered the strongest and most durable surface material for residential driveways. It is capable of handling and not becoming damaged by heavy vehicles and equipment. Concrete is stronger than asphalt, which is more desirable for homeowners with RV trailers or heavy vehicles. It can also last for an average of 30 to 40 years if properly maintained.
  • Weather/Climate: Those that reside in a hot climate or a very cool climate must consider this before choosing their driveway material surface. Concrete is prone to harsh winters and may begin to deteriorate or crack with salt use from trying to melt snow and ice. However, concrete is highly resistant to hot temperatures. Concrete will not get as hot as asphalt, which makes it a better option for hot climate residential areas.
  • Aesthetics: Aesthetics can often come down to personal preference for most homeowners. However, concrete is very versatile and can be rolled in certain patterns, stamped, tinted, and customized to meet the owners’ preference.
  • Low Maintenance: Concrete driveways do not require as much maintenance as asphalt over its lifespan. You will mainly just have to fix small cracks and aesthetic damage before it spreads.

Asphalt Advantages

  • Affordable: Asphalt material is one of the most popular for driveways in part to it being quite affordable. Asphalt driveways can cost thousands of dollars less than concrete paving projects. It is far cheaper to install, averaging about $3-$5 per square foot.
  • Weather/Climate: Asphalt is not affected by the cold the way concrete is and will not deteriorate or become damaged from salt used to melt snow and ice. It also absorbs more heat, which allows the snow and ice to melt more quickly so less salt has to be used.
  • Aesthetics: Asphalt pavement is undeniably aesthetically appealing and a popular choice for homeowners that want a more modern curb appeal. A sleek, black asphalt driveway can enhance any home’s design and style.

Bortolo & Sons offers both asphalt paving and concrete paving services in Burnaby to ensure the needs of each of our clients are met. Our driveway pavers can effectively and efficiently install commercial, industrial, and residential asphalt and concrete pavement projects. Contact us for a FREE estimate today at Request a Quote.


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