When it’s time for a new driveway, one of your biggest decisions is whether to use concrete or asphalt.
Each material has its advantages and disadvantages; let’s look at a few:
Depending on the installation and weather, a concrete driveway may require a few days to cure before bearing the weight of a car. In most cases, a new asphalt driveway can be driven on the next day.
A well-constructed concrete driveway will last up to 40-50 years, even with very little upkeep. A similar asphalt driveway will likely last only about 20 years of Wisconsin winters, assuming the owner properly maintains it by filling the inevitable cracks and re-sealing every 2-3 years.
Color and Texture Options
Oneil Concrete Construction offers a wide variety of colored stains to complement your property and home. In addition, we provide an array of stamped textures, patterns, and designs to lend a classy and truly custom finish to your new concrete driveway or walk.
Asphalt, unfortunately, is typically available only in basic black …
Initial & Long-Term Costs
Concrete and asphalt have different site-prep requirements and material costs for installation. Generally speaking, a basic concrete driveway of average size can cost approximately 30-50% more than a similarly sized asphalt driveway.
But, with its lower maintenance effort and costs, and better longevity, concrete really pulls ahead in the long run. The apparent initial ‘savings’ of asphalt can easily be outpaced by the required maintenance and earlier replacement costs, while the initial investment of concrete pays for itself in virtually no ongoing maintenance and a greater lifespan.