11 May Asphalt vs Concrete: Which Material is Better for You?
The Pros and Cons of Asphalt vs Concrete Driveways
Starting a new paving project can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! The first thing you must determine is which paving material will work best for you. Despite both asphalt and concrete serving a similar purpose, there are a few differences that you should consider before you choose between the two. Here are the pros and cons of asphalt vs concrete.
The Pros of Asphalt
If you’re looking to cut costs and save money, asphalt is the superior paving material option. In fact, concrete tends to be over 50% more expensive than asphalt.
Suitable for Cooler Climates
Due to asphalt’s black color, it retains heat from the sun. This makes asphalt the ideal option for cooler climates due to its ability to facilitate the snow/ice melting process.
The Cons of Asphalt
Both asphalt and concrete will need to be maintained to keep your surfaces in good shape. Asphalt will need more maintenance over time, requiring seal coating about every 4-5 years and additional crack filling.
Although asphalt’s lifespan is decently long, at about 20 to 30 years, concrete can last even longer. Typically, concrete can last up to 40 years or longer, depending on the climate that it is in.
The Pros of Concrete
As mentioned above, concrete has a longer lifespan than asphalt. Although both materials will require upkeep, concrete is known to last longer and is ideal for long-term homeowners.
Better in Warmer Climates
Due to concrete’s ability to remain firm and not soften, concrete is more likely to withstand hotter temperatures. Additionally, asphalt’s black color retains heat and is more likely to melt, making concrete the ideal option for those who live in warmer climates.
Concrete can add a lot of curb appeal to your home due to the many custom pattern and color options.
The Cons of Concrete
Difficult to Repair
Unlike asphalt, when concrete is damaged, it is extremely difficult to repair and oftentimes needs to be replaced entirely.
Although concrete’s light color can be visually appealing, it can also get stained more easily. If your car is known to leak, asphalt’s black coloring may be the better option for you.
Depending on the finishes and details of your concrete surface, you may be looking at a much costlier job than an asphalt installation. On average, concrete can cost 50% more per square foot of installation.
Which Paving Material is Better for You?
At Fischer Contracting, we have over 45 years of experience in milling and paving asphalt. We may be biased – but asphalt is the superior paving material for our clients based out of the New Jersey area. Due to our harsh winters and wet spring seasons, asphalt is the better paving material to withstand the moderate climate of the Northeast.
If you’re looking to maintain or install a residential or commercial asphalt surface, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Fischer Contracting. Contact us today to get started!