Concrete Driveway Benefits over Asphalt Driveways
Whether your current driveway needs to be replaced or you are considering having a new driveway poured, two of the most common options are concrete and asphalt. Which material is best for your driveway? To help you decide, let’s look at the concrete driveway benefits you gain over asphalt driveways.
#1. Concrete Driveways Last Much Longer
Once poured, smoothed, and cured, concrete will last decades compared to asphalt. You can easily get 30 or more years out of your concrete driveway with proper care and maintenance. Even with annual resealing, you are lucky if you can get 10 to 15 years out of your driveway with asphalt.
#2. Asphalt Requires More Maintenance
While the upfront costs of asphalt driveways might seem less, you cannot overlook the maintenance costs. For starters, you have to power wash and clean the driveway at least twice a year.
Next, you have to reseal the surface of the asphalt annually if you want to prevent cracking, breaking, and maintaining water resistance. With concrete, a concrete sealer is applied during installation. Then the sealer needs to be reapplied, but only every two to five years.
So, if you were to add up the maintenance costs for asphalt, in the long run, you come out ahead by investing in a concrete driveway upfront.
#3. Concrete Boosts Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Another of the benefits of installing a concrete driveway is it improves the appeal of your home. When homebuyers are shopping for houses, they prefer homes with concrete driveways. So even if you have no intentions of selling right now, you will appreciate how concrete improves your home’s curb appeal.
#4. Concrete Offers More Customization Opportunities
Another benefit of a concrete driveway is having more customization choices, such as stamped concrete, colored concrete, decorative finishes, and other finishing concrete services.
#5. Concrete Remains Cooler in the Summer
Here in Houston, summers can get extremely hot. All that direct sunlight beating down on a black asphalt driveway quickly heats it up to potentially dangerous temperatures. You definitely cannot walk barefoot on asphalt on hot summer days, as you could burn your feet.
The asphalt can even get hot enough to fry an egg! In addition, asphalt can get very soft and squishy from extreme heat. So your driveway could end up with indentations and tire tracks from your car.
On the other hand, concrete driveways are a light color, so they reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it. As a result, concrete driveways remain much cooler than asphalt.
#6. Concrete Can Support More Weight
Another benefit of a concrete driveway is once it hardens and cures, it becomes a very strong material that can support more weight than an asphalt driveway. This is why concrete roads last much longer than asphalt roads. So, your home deserves a driveway that can withstand vehicle traffic, bike traffic, kids, pets, and more.
#7. Concrete Is Eco-Friendly
Asphalt is made using the limited supplies of petroleum-based products and materials, whereas concrete is made using natural renewable materials that are in abundance. When pouring the driveway, asphalt uses much more energy since the asphalt has to be heated to extremely high temperatures to be poured, and concrete does not.
Most importantly, concrete is 100% recyclable. Old concrete can be crushed or ground up and used to make new concrete driveways, concrete pavers, concrete blocks, and other concrete building materials.
#8. Asphalt Gets Slick When Wet
Have you ever noticed that asphalt gets very slippery when it gets wet, especially after a long dry spell? This is because the oils in the asphalt come to the surface from continued exposure to the sun. When it rains or the driveway gets wet, the water will not mix with the oily residue.
Instead, it becomes as slick as ice, increasing the risks of slips and falls. Not to mention, you can track the oily residue into your home on the bottom of your shoes. As the oily residue cools, it can get sticky, too. The easiest way to avoid this is to get a concrete driveway.
#9. Concrete Is More Resistant to Freeze/Thaw Cycles
Even though the weather in Houston is fairly moderate in the winter, it still freezes periodically. Asphalt does not like cold weather because it contracts more than concrete, leading to buckling and cracking as it expands once the weather warms back up.
Concrete does contract and expand during freeze/thaw cycles, too. However, your driveway was installed to account for this with the different expansion and contraction lines in the driveway. As a result, your concrete driveway is less likely to crack and buckle if it was installed correctly.
Concrete Driveway Installation
As you can see, there are more benefits to installing a concrete driveway for your home compared to an asphalt driveway. When you need to install a new concrete driveway in the Houston area, please feel free to contact Cross Construction Services at 713-254-1703 to request a free estimate today!