Concrete vs. Asphalt: Which is better for driveways?

Concrete Vs. AsphaltAsphalt holds a special place in the hearts of all of us at AC Asphalt Specialists. With over 30 years in the industry, we know asphalt inside and out. We know it’s superior to concrete. Here’s why:

Maintenance

Asphalt can be maintained. Concrete can’t. If concrete cracks, it’s difficult and costly to repair. When asphalt cracks or deteriorates, it can be seal coated, crack filled, milled down, and repaired.

Winter melting

You’ll need to keep your shovel handy if you have a concrete apron outside your garage door. When it snows, you’ll have snow on that white apron forever. On blacktop, the snow will melt right off once the sun hits it.

Flexibility

Asphalt is flexible in nature. Concrete isn’t. Asphalt will bend without breaking. It’s pliable. You can drive over asphalt, and it’s more giving.

Weather resistance

Asphalt withstands the freeze/thaw cycles of our Wisconsin winters better. Asphalt has the ability to expand and contract as the temperature changes, whereas concrete is more apt to crack.

Stains

Oil and gas stains are more obvious on light-colored surface than dark asphalt. Who wants ugly splotches on their driveway?

Curing

When we finish an asphalt installation or maintenance job, we hang safety ribbon to restrict traffic for 24-48 hours. The curing time for concrete is much longer. It sets in 24-48 hours, but it takes a week for it to harden and a month for it to be at full strength.

Cost

It’s generally cheaper to pour asphalt than concrete. Asphalt costs $2-$5 per square foot, while concrete is $3-$10.

Longevity

With regular maintenance (sealcoating, crackfilling, pothole patching, etc.) asphalt is a long-lasting alternative.

Concrete or Asphalt

Thinking about installing a concrete apron for your driveway or a slab in your yard? Think again. Asphalt is the superior product, and AC Asphalt is the specialist you need to get the job done right. Call us at 920-499-2220 or request a bid today.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.