Driveways: Benefits of Building with Concrete

Planning on replacing your driveway? When replacing or adding a driveway, the two most common options are asphalt and concrete. While asphalt is a great affordable option for a driveway, there are many advantages that a concrete driveway has over asphalt. Here are some reasons you should choose concrete over asphalt for your driveway:

Concrete driveways are more durable

There’s a reason that concrete is the most widely used building material in the world. Concrete is not only one of the most durable building materials, but one of the longest lasting as well. When properly poured, finished, and maintained, concrete can last for decades. With proper care, your concrete driveway can last up to 30-40 years, making it the ideal material for driveways.

Concrete driveways requires less maintenance

Many individuals opt for an asphalt driveway because it’s cheaper to install than a concrete driveway. However, asphalt requires far more maintenance than concrete. In fact, asphalt driveways require cleaning twice a year and resealing every two-to-five years. While concrete driveways are more costly to install, they are easy to care for and maintain and can save you money in the long run in maintenance costs.

Concrete driveways stand up better to the elements

In hot temperatures, asphalt can melt and warp, requiring expensive repairs. Exposure to UV rays can also cause asphalt to break down. Drying out the material and causing cracks and craters to form. Concrete also holds up better in rain and cold. Because asphalt is made up of mixed materials, it allows for rain and snow to permeate, leading to cracks in freezing temperatures. Concrete stands up to rain and UV rays much better than asphalt making it the superior choice for a driveway.

Concrete driveways are a better investment

While concrete driveways cost more to install, they are easily worth the investment. Not only will concrete save you money on maintenance costs, it can also contribute greatly to the value of your home. Home buyers prefer concrete driveways over asphalt because of its durability and aesthetic appeal.

Concrete driveways have more decorative options

While the color and design options for asphalt is limited to just black, concrete can be personalized to suit the look of your home. Concrete is available in various colors and design options. You can choose from tons of color and tint options as well as unique patterns, decorative borders, and even personalized designs. 

Looking to get started on your new concrete driveway? ESPJ Construction has you covered. We are a full service construction and masonry company servicing all aspects of residential and commercial construction. We specialize in patios, walkways, pool decks, driveways, retaining walls, home exteriors, entrances and more. Call us today at (908) 925-4220 or fill out our contact form today!