We need to pave a driveway while making a building. There are two traditional options- concrete or asphalt. Both have a gravel base. Despite giving similar vibes, they have some key differences.

Asphalt vs Concrete Driveway

Followings are the differences between asphalt and concrete driveway:

 Asphalt DrivewayConcrete Driveway
1 The adhesive is tar in asphalt. In concrete, the adhesive is cement.
2 Asphalt is a flexible material. Concrete is a rigid material.
3 The traditional asphalt is darker. Traditional concrete has a bright glow.
4 Asphalt is not costly than concrete. Concrete is costly.
5 Asphalt gives rough edges. Concrete gives neat and straight edges.
6 Asphalt softens in the high heat. Concrete cracks in freezing temperature.
7 Asphalt is less durable. Concrete is more durable.
8 The color of asphalt is primarily black. Concrete has multiple color options.
9 The longevity of asphalt is 20 years+ The longevity of concrete is 40 years+
10 Only tint finishing can be done in asphalt. Concrete can have different finishing like stained or tinted.
11 Asphalt requires occasional resurfacingAsphalt requires occasional resurfacing every 3-5 years. Concrete requires no resurfacing.
12 Cracks in asphalt can be filled and sealed. Cracks in a concrete driveway are not easy to fix.
13 Asphalt can be used where it snows. Concrete cannot be used where it snows.
14 In an asphalt driveway, one can drive almost immediately after curing. In the concrete driveway, one has to wait seven days to drive on it after curing.
15 In an asphalt driveway, oil leakage is unnoticeable but gasoline causes damage. In the concrete driveway, gas and oil spills leave obvious stains.
16 The repairing process in asphalt driveway is easier. The repairing process in concrete is difficult.

 

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