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Concrete vs. Blacktop — How do I choose?

Whether it’s time for your current home to replace its driveway or you’re building a new home and need to start from scratch, navigating the driveway world can be a bit of an intimidating subject. This blog post intends to help simplify all pros and cons of the asphalt vs. concrete debate. Asphalt and concrete are the two most popular types of material for paving a driveway and what we here at Richfield Blacktop and Concrete specialize in. There is no cut and dry answer as to which is better, but together we’ll decide which pavement choice suits your needs and best fits your home. Free of charge, one of our expert driveway and paving consultants will come to your property, assess your project, discuss your options, and provide a no-obligation estimate of pricing.

Asphalt vs Concrete

    • Asphalt has no unique finishes while concrete can be stamped or have colors added.
    • Both take time to cure before they can be used. Asphalt takes less time to dry and can typically be driven or walked on a few hours after the pavement is laid. Alternatively, concrete takes a few days to dry.
    • Asphalt can have a prettier aesthetic; looking like an extension of the road. Concrete is obviously the more classic and common choice. It’s usually required in some neighborhoods and developments to make homes look more uniform.
    • Weather is a huge impact on pavement decisions in Minnesota. Concrete is susceptible to salt damage (which creates pits) and can also crack from harsh winters. Asphalt is more ideal for Minnesota winters but can soften in the sun during a hot summer. We always take climate into consideration when helping you make your decision.
    • Asphalt is less expensive to install but needs more care over time and thus more of an investment. It should be sealed every three to five years which will extend its life up to 30 years. Concrete costs less money in the long run but more up front. The benefit? It typically lasts three times that of asphalt.

A driveway is seen as an important investment in your home. Taking the time to figure out whether concrete or asphalt is more practical for your home will make you happier with your decision in the long run.

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