Learn the pros and cons of both popular, durable materials to choose the one that will best fit your style, climate, and budget.
If you’ve had enough of the ruts, cracks, and stains of your current driveway and are considering installing a new one, you’re probably debating between the two most common solid materials: concrete and asphalt. While both are laid over a substrate of gravel, and both are basically a mixture of sand and stone, different adhesives are used to hold those components together: tar for asphalt and cement for concrete. The characteristics of those adhesives amount to the differences—both pro and con—between the two popular driveway surfaces.
Both asphalt and concrete create durable, attractive driveways, but there’s more to choosing between them than simply going with the cheaper option. That’s why we’ve faced them off head-to-head—concrete vs. asphalt—with comparisons in seven major categories. So read on to discover whether asphalt or concrete is the winner for your home.
Concrete offers more visual options.
In their most basic forms, asphalt is dark gray to black—hence its common name of “blacktop”—and concrete is pale gray. Unlike asphalt, though, concrete takes well to staining or tinting to just about any color you fancy. You can also stamp patterns into concrete or brush it for a textured finish. Go with concrete if you wish to match your home’s color scheme, recreate the look of brick or another pattern, or prefer a bit of interest in your home’s major entryway. Asphalt is a good choice if you want a streamlined appearance that matches the street.
Concrete driveways normally last longer than asphalt.
In general, if installed properly in a suitable climate and maintained regularly, your concrete driveway should last 30 to 40 years, while an asphalt driveway is generally good for 20 to 30 years. Neglect to install without an even, stable substrate of gravel—or be careless about proper maintenance—and either type of driveway can fail within a few years.
Asphalt requires sealing every few years, but concrete stains more easily.
A few months after installation to allow for full curing, your asphalt driveway will need to be sealed to protect the surface and lengthen its lifespan. You’ll then need to reseal it every three to five years thereafter. (The task is well within the capabilities of most do-it-yourselfers: Pour the asphalt sealer onto your clean, dry driveway, and then use a driveway squeegee to spread it evenly over the entire surface.) While it’s not a must-do for concrete driveways, sealing concrete helps cut down on fading—an important protective measure for a tinted driveway.
When it comes to engine oil, gas drips, rust, and the rugged use driveways typically endure, the dark surface and matte finish of asphalt hides most stains and wear very well. Concrete, however, tends to show every mark and spill, so you’ll need to do more aggressive cleaning and degreasing to maintain its good looks.
I know it can be exhausting searching for a plan for your new detached garage/apartment combo. I have seen the many sites on the internet that offer hundreds of building plans and they can start to add up when ordering online. At Affordable Building Concepts we provide our professional recommendations with helping you design just exactly what you are wanting out of your new garage. We make sure it will look like your expectations for your storage and living needs. ABC’s sales team will do and onsite free consultation to assist you on bring that garage plan into reality. I wanted to share one of our very happy garage clients and what they had to say! We will help you through each and every step along the way!
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|Mike Mathis and his crew are professional and prompt. We decided to add a detached garage to our house and they did a A+ job from day one laying the foundation to making sure there was plenty of electricity for our needs. The finished product looks like it was part of the house from the beginning and we couldn’t take pictures fast enough to keep up with their progress. They even helped us put our initials in the concrete! I would recommend them for big or small construction projects.
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If you want a company that is professional and trustworthy, this is the company to call!
This is just one of our 2 story garages with an apartment space over the garage.
22×30 aluminum carport all black
Just a quick reminder, I was reading not too long ago about a story where people are leaving their garage door openers in their cars and bad guys are just letting themselves in the garage and on into your home with very little effort on their behalf! This is becoming a “thing” to break into cars and take things that you will not notice maybe until it’s too late! I just try to stress to everyone that leaving even a bank card by mistake in your center console can ruin your holidays so remember to never leave your garage door clicker in your cars and never leave important papers, cards etc. The bad guys are very high tech these days and will sell your info to a foreign country in less than
10 mins! Just a little bit of advice to keep in mind. I know we all get in a hurry so just be mindful of your surroundings! Happy prepping for the Christmas holiday and New Year!
You’ll find at different times of the year that you’d like to be a bit more creative and throw a fun party but preferably want to have a the kids outside but not totally in the sun why not use your garage as a gathering space for the young ones to stay outside and enjoy the weather but, inside much like a patio. Open up the ping pong table toss up a great table of fun foods and Thank your husband or wife for having this great garage built! Today our garages have turned into more than just a garage for the cars and storage. We find most families are utilizing their garages and spending more time together than in their own living rooms on weekends and early evenings. You will find simple garages to the more elaborate garages that double as extra living quarters for family and friends! The great plus to this point in my blog is less clean up on the inside at the end of the day. Play smarter and harder but most of all enjoy your family and friends !!
*Picture taken in Nelson, NH during winter storm. Winter storm “Bruce” has come and gone today in New Hampshire, and the trees of the woods are frosted white, bowing low to the ground with heavy, wet snow and ice. Ominous cracking sounds emit from the woods every once in a while, followed by a cascade […]
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We re-worded the deck, added a nice set of stairs and added this beautiful screened in room attached with a W panel roof system with built in gutters and 2 downspouts. Great Idea to add a covered space for your family and friends.