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Feb 18, 2021

Concrete Driveway vs Asphalt Driveway? Which Is Best?

Are you wondering whether concrete or asphalt would be better for your next paving project? In the world of paving, one of the most common decisions to make is choosing between concrete paving and asphalt paving. When you’re starting a new project, it’s important to evaluate your options and make sure you’re making the best choice for your situation. Without proper planning on the front end, you could end up with a final product that you are sorely disappointed in on the back. To put this into perspective, this article will cover the differences between a concrete driveway and an asphalt driveway.


In general, an asphalt driveway will have a shorter lifespan than a concrete driveway. When it comes to concrete paving, those surfaces can last over fifty years if routine maintenance is, well, routine. Asphalt paving on the other hand can last twenty to thirty or so years on the long end with proper maintenance.


As you may have guessed, the cost difference between a concrete driveway and an asphalt driveway is rather significant. Asphalt is generally cheaper. Concrete, on the other hand, is typically at least twice as expensive per square foot with fancier finishes and details stretching all the way to 4 to 5 times the per square foot cost of asphalt.


Again, given the cost and lifespan of asphalt and concrete paving projects, it should come as no surprise that asphalt paving requires more regular maintenance and upkeep. Homeowners will need to reseal their driveway one year after installation and then every 3 – 5 years following. Concrete on the other hand does not necessitate resealing, though applying such a seal can improve the aesthetic quality of your concrete driveway. No matter the material, though, any cracks you notice in your pavement should be addressed immediately so as to prevent a small issue from becoming a major problem.

For more information, give the team at Burnaby Blacktop a call to answer all of your residential paving and driveway services questions. If you are considering a new residential paving project, you have come to the right place! Whether you have an idea in mind or would like a free quote the driveway services team at Burnaby Blacktop –the premiere Vancouver area asphalt company – is here for you.

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