The Benefits of Concrete Driveways
Do your customers ever ask about the advantages of a concrete driveway versus an asphalt driveway? Often it can be difficult to convince a homeowner who has their heart set on asphalt to consider concrete instead because they’re concerned about the higher upfront costs. In this situation, what can you say to help clients see concrete in a different light? Here are four reasons why concrete is a great option for driveways (and other high-traffic surfaces).
Why consider concrete, over asphalt, for your next driveway project?
- Lasts for decades
- Low maintenance
- Lower life cycle cost
- Can be extremely customized and designed
Concrete is a sturdy option that will last up to 50 years, depending on climate and maintenance. Cracking and wearing may occur, of course, but concrete can be patched and repaired. In comparison, asphalt will last about 20 years. While asphalt is more easily repaired, it’s also considerably more prone to deterioration and damage since it’s softer than concrete.
Both asphalt and concrete have climate considerations that affect durability. Concrete can be sensitive to extreme cold and can buckle, especially if not properly maintained. On the other hand, the softness of asphalt makes it a less than ideal option for regions that experience high temperatures. Asphalt becomes gooey when it’s hot and then hardens again when the temperature lowers. This softening and hardening cycle can cause the asphalt to sag or crack over time.
Concrete is relatively low maintenance. It may need to be cleaned with a brush annually. Most contractors recommend applying sealer every few years because it helps to preserve the concrete, can intensify the colors, and makes it easier to clean. More importantly, sealers can prevent damage from freeze-thaw cycles mentioned above. Asphalt is a more hands-on driveway material. Six to twelve months after installation, an asphalt driveway should be sealed, and this process should be repeated every three to five years.
Life cycle cost
Looking at the initial price of concrete versus asphalt, the latter does win out. Concrete can be two to three times more expensive than asphalt, but that’s not the end of the story. When you look at the whole life cycle of both materials and what they’ll cost during their lifetimes, concrete usually comes out on top thanks to its long life and low maintenance costs.
There’s no comparison here. Asphalt is black or dark gray. Sure, concrete is pale gray but many homeowners are unaware of how customizable it can be thanks to Proline concrete stamps and nearly endless color options. Concrete can be stamped to look like practically any other material; stones, brick, tile, and even wood for example. With tinting and coloring products, concrete can truly be a work of art.
- Concrete is more durable.
- Concrete has an average lifespan of 50 years.
- The only maintenance required is applying sealer every few years.
- Concrete can be stamped with patterns, textures, and designs
- Concrete can be tinted and stained with different colors and finishes.
Find everything for your concrete project
Calico Construction Products has the full line of Proline concrete stamps, colors, and more. Come shop with us or feel free to give us a call at 800-221-9469 with any questions. We’re here to answer your questions and help you find the best products for your job!