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Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which Material is Right for Your Driveway?

Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which Material is Right for Your Driveway?

When it comes to which material to use for driveways, homeowners typically choose between asphalt and concrete. Both of these materials prove viable options for your driveway and come with their own sets of pros and cons.

The materials

Asphalt is a mixture of sand and crushed stone (the aggregate) bound with a petroleum-based substance, while concrete is comprised of the same aggregate, but is bound instead with cement.

The difference in this binding agent affects how each material is poured and changes the look and feel of your driveway.

The installation

Asphalt is poured over a level gravel base and smoothed with a steamroller, while concrete is poured on a gravel surface and leveled.

When poured, homeowners can drive on asphalt almost immediately, while concrete takes about a week to cure. However, rigid concrete can handle heavier loads than asphalt, which comes into play with heavier vehicles like trucks or RVs.

The cost

While asphalt driveways typically cost less up front, when it comes to longevity, concrete steals the show.

Concrete driveways can last up to 30-40 years while asphalt driveways last around 20-25 years. Concrete driveways also require less energy overall to produce and place, making them more environmentally friendly than their asphalt counterparts.

Asphalt also typically requires more maintenance than concrete.

The style

Homeowners have numerous decorative options with both concrete and asphalt, however, there are less options for staining and brushing with asphalt.

Large house with concrete drivewayThe winner: concrete

With concrete, etching, brushing, and decorative borders are all possible! The versatility of concrete allows homeowners to choose options that better match and complement the design of their home.

Concrete driveways absorb less UV radiation than asphalt, making them cooler to walk on in the hotter months.

And when it comes to resale, homeowners may catch more value with a concrete driveway, as potential buyers may be more attracted to this material as opposed to concrete.

Feel like going with the clear winner? Trust Templin Concrete Construction for your concrete driveways, sidewalks, patios, countertops, flooring, and more! Call our experts at 612-388-1945 today to learn more.

3 Signs it’s Time for a Concrete Driveway Replacement

3 Signs it’s Time for a Concrete Driveway Replacement

You see your driveway everyday when you hop in the car to go to work, drop the kids off, or run your errands. But we urge you to take a closer look the next time you step outside. Does your concrete driveway look like it’s seen better days? It may be easy to simply ignoreContinue Reading

How Ice and Snow Affect Your Concrete Driveway

How Ice and Snow Affect Your Concrete Driveway

Winter is coming. Or better yet—it’s already here! That cold weather, with its ice and thick snow, holds huge implications for your concrete driveway. So, it’s a good idea to take stock of just what can happen in these wintry months and ensure you’re not doing anything to potentially harm it even more! Thawed outContinue Reading

Caring for Your Concrete Driveway: 3 Easy Maintenance Tips

Caring for Your Concrete Driveway: 3 Easy Maintenance Tips

Your driveway endures a lot of traffic, whether that means parked cars, running children, etc. Even though it’s one of the most used areas of your home, it’s not typically an area that we pay a lot of attention to unless there is an unsightly or urgent issue that needs to be resolved. However, that’sContinue Reading

How to Plan a Successful Driveway Layout

How to Plan a Successful Driveway Layout

Driveways play a vital role in how we access our homes each day. Not to mention they add to our homes’ practicality and curb appeal, which also proves valuable. Planning a successful driveway layout requires that you take into account factors such as size and slope, layout, materials and required maintenance! Size up your drivewayContinue Reading

What’s Causing My Driveway to Sink and Crack?

What’s Causing My Driveway to Sink and Crack?

Over time, many homeowners find cracks and other issues in their concrete driveway. As the material breaks down and separates, these unsightly divots can prove frustrating. While winter weather is the number one cause of sunken and cracked driveways, there are many reasons why it could be happening at your home! A flaw in yourContinue Reading

Leaf, Acorn and Pinecone Stains: Getting the Marks of Fall Off Your Driveway

Leaf, Acorn and Pinecone Stains: Getting the Marks of Fall Off Your Driveway

The majority of driveways are surfaced with either concrete or asphalt to make a durable surface. As we’ve covered, concrete is an excellent driveway surface material that will last for many years. The lighter color of concrete, however, does make it susceptible to organic stains from things like leaves, acorns and pinecones that fall offContinue Reading

High Heat + Low Humidity = Poor Concrete – Here’s Why

High Heat + Low Humidity = Poor Concrete – Here’s Why

Summer is the time when many home and commercial construction projects are planned. After all, winter weather in many areas can severely limit opportunities for construction activity. Despite the fact that summer provides a good opportunity and better weather for many projects, it may also bring some climate-related challenges. High heat coupled with low humidity,Continue Reading

Spring Sealing: When and Why to Seal or Reseal Your Driveway

Spring Sealing: When and Why to Seal or Reseal Your Driveway

If you have a concrete driveway, the springtime is the best time to have it sealed. Whether you just had your concrete driveway poured last year or you’ve had it for quite some time now, sealing your driveway helps to protect it from the elements and help it to last longer overall. Applying fresh sealingContinue Reading

Scientists Invent New Ice-Free Concrete With Extra Benefit

Scientists Invent New Ice-Free Concrete With Extra Benefit

Two engineers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have invented an incredible new kind of concrete that is able to melt away snow and ice. The concrete was developed by Christopher Tuan and Lim Nguyen, and while it’s actually a very cost-effective type of concrete, it has some pretty amazing properties that weren’t originally intended. TheContinue Reading