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Question DetailsAsked on 8/1/2013

Is asphalt or concrete better for a driveway?

I live in Richmond, VA

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Asphalt is generally cheaper, gives somewhat better traction in icy and snowy conditions, and tend to maintain its appearance and integrity for a greater percentage of its life (if sealed every 2-3 years) than concrete, is cheaper and easier to fix, but does not last as long.

Concrete last longer, is easier to keep clean, but tends to develop cracks and blowouts early in its lifespan, which are more expensive and harder to repair right. Once it starts to significantly crack its useful life is near the end, whereas asphalt can be patched and used because it rarely develops offsetting slabs that are undriveable.

In good subgrade conditions and where you do not frequently use icemelt or have severe freeze-thaw cycles (like Richmond) I would say use concrete if you intend to live there a long time - will probably be cheaper in the long run. Just don't skimp on subgrade improvement or reinforcing (2 areas where some contractors skimp to gert the low bid) - make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

This recent question has, in the answer, some links to Angie's List articles on concrete drives and contracting to have them done.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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