20 Dec

Driveway: Asphalt vs Concrete

If you’re installing a new driveway, you’ve probably wondered which paving material is the best to use. Two of the most popular options are asphalt and concrete. Both materials have their strengths and weaknesses, and the option that is best for you will depend on various factors.

Asphalt gives a traditional roadway appearance, while concrete is more updated and customizable. Both materials are known to do well in colder climates like ours here in Seattle, with proper maintenance. Water getting into cracks and freezing can be devastating to both materials, so regular and diligent upkeep is vital.

Use our convenient chart to compare asphalt and concrete as driveway materials:

 

Material Asphalt Concrete
Average price per square foot $3 – $7 $8 – $18
Durability Softer and more prone to cracking Harder and difficult to break once set
Lifespan 30+ years 50+ years
Maintenance Requires ongoing crack repair, sealcoating every 2-5 years, and resurfacing every 10-15 years. Requires sealant less often than asphalt and only occasional degreasing
Aesthetic Usually just comes in black with no design options Can be colored, stamped, and molded when laid to give complete aesthetic control

 

As you can see, asphalt provides a traditional look for less cash upfront but has higher maintenance costs. Concrete is the more expensive option, but lasts longer and requires much less maintenance. The correct choice for your home will depend on your unique situation, ability to pay, and expectations.

Asphalt and Concrete Driveways in Seattle

No matter if you choose asphalt or concrete, Jireh Asphalt & Concrete in Seattle has the team, tools, and knowledge to get your driveway laid quickly and correctly. Call us at (425) 620-3236 or contact us online to find out how we can improve your property’s functionality and appearance with a professionally laid driveway that can withstand Seattle’s brutal winter conditions.