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Asphalt Driveways or Concrete Driveways

Asphalt vs concrete driveways

Asphalt paving is the default for most driveways, and for good reason. But concrete is a close match for asphalt. Which is best for your home or business?

We at East Tex Paving offer a variety of materials for all your paving needs. But this article is less about what we have to offer than what you need!

Pros and Cons of Asphalt and Concrete Driveways

Asphalt is:

  • More flexible, lasting up to 15 to 20 years
  • Cheaper
  • Easier to repair
  • Able to handle winter weather and salt

But an asphalt driveway is also:

  • More fragile, needing sealcoating applied every three to five years
  • Less pleasing to look at than colorful concrete designs
  • Very hot in the summer

Concrete is:

  • Colorful and customizable
  • More durable, lasting up to 30 years
  • Cooler in the summer
  • Easy to clean

But a concrete driveway is also:

  • More expensive, especially if colored and designed
  • Not ideal for winter
  • Harder to repair if cracked

If you're looking for convenience you should buy asphalt and keep it maintained, and if you're looking for a durable, colorful driveway you should buy concrete and keep it from cracking.

The Verdict

A concrete driveway is going to be more expensive and last longer if maintained well, but it will weather the winter and salt worse. Asphalt paving is more flexible but needs to be replaced more often because the material is more fragile.

At East Tex Paving, we make sure our clients are as informed on their options as they can be. Asphalt is for utility, while concrete is an investment. Which is better for your property is your decision.

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