Concrete vs. Asphalt Driveways in the Summer

If you are considering a new driveway, choosing between concrete and asphalt can be a tough decisions. Each material has its own benefits and setbacks and will affect the look and longevity of your driveway. With summer right around the corner, how do you know which material is right for your driveway? Here are some things to consider:

 

Climate

Climate is a major factor to consider when deciding between a concrete or asphalt. While concrete performs phenomenally in hot weather, it can suffer in extreme cold. Similarly, asphalt performs poorly in hotter climates. In areas with hot summers, asphalt can soften and get sticky. The asphalt then hardens when cool. The cycle of heating and cooling can lead lead to cracks and sags in your asphalt driveway.

In moderate temperatures concrete is the best choice for your driveway. Not only is it durable and handles heat very well, concrete can also be winterized to protect it from the elements during moderate winters.

Ease/Frequency of Repairs

Asphalt and concrete both are prone to cracks. While asphalt is fairly easy to repair, it deteriorates faster due to its soft consistency, leading to a higher maintenance cost over the life of your driveway. While concrete driveways can be more difficult to repair, they don’t require repair as often and better handles a wider variety of temperature and elements.

Longevity

While concrete driveways have a higher upfront cost, concrete can save you money in the long run by cutting repair and maintenance costs. A concrete driveway costs around 45 to 50 percent more than an asphalt driveway, but the life of a concrete driveway is on average 50 to 60 percent longer than its asphalt counterpart.

Not only does a concrete driveway last far longer than asphalt, there are also an array of decorative options to match your home. To get started on your brand new concrete driveway, or to find out more about the benefits concrete offers, contact the experts at ESPJ Construction today or call 908-361-9843 for a free in-home consultation.

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