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I'M REPLACING MY DRIVEWAY, SHOULD I USE CONCRETE OR ASPHALT?


Whether you are looking to replace an old driveway or pour a completely new one, while doing your research, two main material options will come up, concrete and asphalt. There are some big differences with these two. We’re here to explain why concrete is the best option.  

You may be wondering if investing in a new concrete driveway is worth it. In almost every case, it’s worth the investment. A new concrete driveway can increase your home’s value while improving the aesthetics of your house and your neighborhood. Not only are you gaining value, you’ll gain curb appeal. Though concrete might be a little pricier, it tends to bring more benefits than asphalt. 

Although asphalt might be more cost efficient, it doesn’t hold its value the way concrete does. When it comes to driveways, concrete is considered the premium option. There are quite a few reasons for this. One downfall with asphalt is that you have limited design options. Aside from that, aesthetically asphalt won’t give you that pop of curb appeal that concrete does.  

Let's look at the benefits of how a new concrete driveway and how it can enhance your home’s curb appeal. 

Curb appeal refers to the way your home is viewed from the outside. The face of your home gives neighbors and visitors their first impression of what your house may look like on the inside. The exterior of your home can either add to or decrease your neighborhood and homes value. 

When it comes to upgrading your curb appeal, asphalt might not be the best option. As we said earlier, you have limited design options. With concrete you can go a step further with decorative touches, such as using color or stamps. Or you can keep it simple and have that bleached “new” look that new concrete offers. Unfortunately, with Asphalt driveways you usually have an “unfinished” look on the edges, unless you install it with a border, such as a concrete curb. 

Let's take a look at increasing your property value. If you are looking to get a return on your investment, concrete may be the better option for you. Whether you’re looking to sell soon or not, concrete can increase your property value by thousands. While asphalt may not add too many zeros. 

Your driveway and sidewalk are the first thing people see, if they are broken, damaged, or missing, it can have a real negative effect on your homes overall curb appeal. Replacing or fixing your driveway and sidewalk with concrete will give your home a visual upgrade while increasing your home value. It’s a win-win.  

So still stumped on which to choose, asphalt or concrete? 

There are even more benefits to a new driveway, when you use concrete. Concrete is the most durable material in the world, which makes it the best option for your new driveway. Yes, asphalt is durable but concrete offers is a step up in the durability department.  

Concrete is also considered easy to maintain too, only requiring pressure washing every couple of years and not requiring to be resealed till about 5 years after its poured. 

As you can see there are many reasons that concrete is the better option. But if you need more convincing, let's look at a few more cons when it comes to asphalt. 

Asphalt can over heat, especially in Georgia. We see record high tips with each new summer. And while hot days might be great for some things, like swimming, asphalt is not one of those. It can be harsh to walk on and if it overheats, it can soften and become sticky. Concrete may get warm, but its lighter in color which makes It the better option in this scenario. 

Another concern with asphalt is that plants and tree roots can more easily penetrate and work through asphalt and cause damage. Though this could happen with concrete, it's much more likely to occur with asphalt.   

We hope this has been. informative for you. We want our customer to make educated decisions based on truth and facts. If you are still unsure and want some more guidance, please call our office and we’ll be happy to help. You can reach us at (770)917-9010