Why Asphalt May Be Better Than Concrete For Many Driveways

If you want to have your driveway done, you may be going back and forth with whether a concrete or an asphalt driveway would be best. This article will explain some of the reasons why asphalt can make a better choice for residential driveways than concrete would.

Asphalt can maintain a fresher look

Concrete driveways will, of course, look great at first. However, time and regular usage can really take their toll on the look of a concrete driveway. It can become increasingly harder for a concrete driveway to maintain its nice look. 

Asphalt driveways have a great-looking appearance to them. The black coloring hides things like dirt and grease better. Plus, when these driveways do begin to look faded, they can be brought right back to life with a sealing job that will also help them last longer before needing to have work done. 

Asphalt driveways can take more stress

Concrete is a very hard material that won't have any flexibility. This can become problematic for many reasons. When the soil under the driveway shifts and the driveway is made of concrete, it can cause the concrete to crack. The soil around the edges of the driveway can be very susceptible to shifting because rainwater and the water from the sprinklers can wash some of the soil out from under the driveway or cause it to swell, and then it will dry again when it goes without moisture for a period of time. 

The materials in the asphalt allow it to have more give, and this means those shifts in the soil under it won't be a problem for it unless they are significant. This is why many people who live in areas with a lot of moisture or even with extreme heat that can cause significant soil drying tend to choose asphalt. 

Asphalt driveways can melt ice faster

Concrete driveways can get ice on them in very cold conditions, and the ice will stay for a long time. This can pose risks with regards to people falling and with stopping the car when and where you want it to stop. 

Asphalt driveways will cause the ice that is on them to melt faster, and this will help decrease the risk of someone slipping and the car not stopping right when and where you want. 


Now that you see just some of the benefits that an asphalt driveway offers, you will see why this type of driveway will be the one that you should have put in.

To learn more, contact an asphalt paving contractor.