Asphalt Paving vs. Concrete Driveways

At Pavemaster, we specialize in complete commercial, industrial, and residential asphalt paving services.  Not only is asphalt safe, it’s cost effective, durable and much easier to remove than concrete.

So, what’s the difference between asphalt paving and concrete installations?

Overall, there are several factors to consider when choosing between concrete and asphalt.

  • Initial Cost
  • Appearance and Aesthetics
  • Driveway Repair and Maintenance
  • Durability
  • Weather and Climate

The cost of an asphalt installation is typically cheaper than concrete.  The price can fluctuate based on market conditions as with any building or installation material costs, but generally asphalt can be installed for $7.00 to $13.00 per square foot.  And, with proper maintenance, like sealcoating every three to five years, repair of any cracks or surface blemishes–which are far less costly and less visible than concrete repairs, asphalt installations can last up to 30 years.

On the other hand, concrete installations can cost as much as $18.00 per square foot, depending on the finish, stains, colored tints, or decorative details the client wants.  While concrete driveways don’t require as much sealing, they are more porous, so they are easily stained over time and with constant use.  Fluid leaks from cars or trucks, spills, chemical or environmental elements can stain the concrete and increase the cost of maintenance.  Degreasers or re-staining the concrete installations can add significant costs. Concrete cracks are much harder to repair, the repairs are clearly visible and unsightly, and the driveway, parking lots, or roadways are impossible to resurface.

The durability of an asphalt driveway, parking lot or high traffic industrial surface area is a lot higher than most other driveway options. Asphalt installations can take the wear and tear of cars and pickup trucks, 18-wheelers, and perpetual roadway traffic, increasing its longevity and durability.  And the installation and curing time can be completed faster than concrete.

Of course, homeowners and businesses located in the Tampa Bay area should consider how the hot climate and weather patterns can affect pavement.

Let’s face it, we live and work in Florida.  It’s hot.  And it can get very hot. Sealcoating asphalt installations and driveways are the best way to protect heat damage to asphalt. Sealcoating protects and replenishes the moisture seal.  It also protects from spills or leaks.

High temperatures, bright direct sunlight, high winds, and expanding tree roots can cause concrete to crack or buckle.  Just take a look at the concrete sidewalks in Florida for a good example of what damage our weather can do.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective, clean, smooth, sleek looking driveway, parking lot or other surface area, asphalt installation by Pavemaster is the answer!