Concrete Driveways: More Durable and Economical Than Asphalt

So, you are in need of a new driveway in Houston because your current one is worn out. One of the most important things you will need to consider is what material you want to use for your new driveway. Most homeowners choose between asphalt and concrete.

While some homeowners do choose asphalt, concrete is becoming a more popular option for several reasons. From being an eco-friendly choice to long-term savings, concrete can be the perfect choice for the new driveway for your Houston home.

So, you are in need of a new driveway in Houston because your current one is worn out. One of the most important things you will need to consider is what material you want to use for your new driveway. Most homeowners choose between asphalt and concrete.

While some homeowners do choose asphalt, concrete is becoming a more popular option for several reasons. From being an eco-friendly choice to long-term savings, concrete can be the perfect choice for the new driveway for your Houston home.

Still need some convincing why concrete is a good choice? Our Houston concrete contractors share ten reasons why homeowners should consider using concrete for their new driveways.

1. Concrete Driveways Provide Better Lighting

Asphalt is dark so it absorbs light. Concrete is light colored, so it reflects light. At night when it is dark, with the right outdoor lighting on your home, your new concrete driveway will reflect three times more light than asphalt.

This means you can light up outdoor areas easier for those late night hoops games with your friends or kids. You can enjoy other outdoor activities like driveway street hockey or other such things. Not to mention, the increased reflectivity of concrete lights up your home better at night and makes it safer.

2. Concrete Remains Cooler Year Round

One of the biggest drawbacks to asphalt driveways, especially here in Texas, is the amount of heat they can absorb during our hot Texas summers. Asphalt can get so hot in the summertime it can become soft and squishy, resulting in damage to the driveway. Plus, you could easily risk burning your feet if you were to walk on the driveway barefoot.

Additionally, the asphalt driveway becomes its own heat source, increasing air temperatures even more. On the hottest summer days, you can see waves of heat rising from asphalt driveways. You could literally fry an egg on your driveway!

With concrete, since it naturally reflects light, it also naturally reflects the heat-generating sunlight. Concrete will remain much cooler even on the hottest Texas summer day! Since concrete is a solid substance, it is not prone to softening like asphalt.

You also don’t have to worry as much about burning your bare feet on your driveway, although our Houston concrete contractors highly encourage you to use caution even on concrete driveways during hot sunny days. If you like walking around barefoot, be sure to take your foot and test a section of the concrete driveway to verify it is cool enough to walk on without shoes.

3. Concrete Driveways Are More Eco-Friendly

Everything that is used to make and mix concrete occurs naturally in nature:

    • Water
    • Rock
    • Sand
    • Gravel
    • Calcium
    • Silicon
    • Iron
    • Aluminum
    • Limestone
    • Chalk
    • Shells

Asphalt, even though it does contain a mixture of gravel, stone, and sand, still has to be mixed with non-renewable petroleum-based products. Choosing concrete driveway construction in Houston means you are selecting a more sustainable solution. In addition, if you are replacing an existing concrete driveway, it can be broken up, recycled, and remixed into your new concrete driveway.

4. Concrete Driveways Have a Longer Lifespan

Concrete is a solid, strong, and durable material that can last for quite some time. With the right use, care, and regular maintenance of your new concrete driveway, it could last 20-25+ years or longer! Asphalt, on the other hand, can wear out much sooner since it can start to deteriorate faster, thanks to our hot Texas summers.

5. Concrete Driveways Require Less Maintenance

Concrete does not need much maintenance. All that is required is to sweep dirt, leaves, and debris off the surface a few times a month. Other than that, you will want to have it professionally cleaned and resealed every few years or so.

Asphalt driveways require a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good. You will need to reseal it at least once a year, if not more often. Plus, removing stains from the material is very difficult. It could require using asphalt patching materials first, then applying a new top layer of asphalt sealer.

6. Concrete Costs Less

If you were to account for all the time and money needed to maintain an asphalt driveway, along with the number of times you have to replace it, you would quickly discover concrete is a much better option. This is because concrete typically will cost less over its lifespan compared to asphalt.

7. Concrete Is More Visually Appealing than Asphalt

A concrete driveway for your Houston home is much more pleasing to the eye aesthetically than asphalt. Concrete driveways can add to the curb appeal of your home and increase its value as well. Since it lasts for such a long time, it is easy to ensure its appearance is maintained with the right care.

8. Concrete Driveways Can Be Texturized

Another appealing aspect to concrete driveways over asphalt is you can have it texturized. Texturizing involves applying different types of patterns to the surface of the concrete while it is still wet. From intricate driveway designs and stamping to basic circular patterns, there are all sorts of different ways to add texture to a concrete driveway.

Additionally, texturized driveways reduce problems with slickness common on asphalt driveways. For example, after a long hot spell, when it first starts raining, the oil in asphalt becomes very slippery.

This means you could slip and fall on your driveway or have problems stopping your car without hitting your garage. A texturized concrete driveway provides the added traction and support you need to keep you safer.

9. Concrete Driveways Can Be Colored

There is a wide range of color options available for concrete driveways. There are various techniques used by our Houston concrete contractors to color your driveway. When we are done, you end up with a very unique and original-looking driveway. Some people like coloring their driveways and having the color swirled into the concrete so it looks like they have a marble driveway!

The only way to color asphalt is to paint it. As we all know, paint does not last and will eventually come off, making the driveway look much worse for the wear. Not to mention, due to the darkness of asphalt, painted asphalt driveways do not look as visually appealing either.

10. Concrete Doesn’t Smell

Having an asphalt driveway installed gives off many VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which smell very bad. These can get drawn into the home, as well as the homes of your neighbors. No one wants to come home to a smelly home or be mad at a neighbor who just had an asphalt driveway installed.

With concrete, there are essentially no VOCs to worry about during the initial pouring and curing of the driveway. You don’t have to worry about your home smelling or being “that neighbor” who caused a stink in the neighborhood!

There are several benefits to choosing to have a concrete driveway installed over installing asphalt. To request a free quote and get assistance with driveway designs and ideas, please feel free to contact Cross Construction Services at 713-254-1703 today!

In addition to our exceptional concrete driveway installation, repair, and maintenance services, our Houston concrete contractors are experts at concrete patios, patio room designs, sunrooms, and patio coverings. We can even help with concrete in-ground pool installations, concrete pool decks, and pool enclosures.

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