You may have wondered what the true difference is between concrete and asphalt. After all, they both essentially perform the same function: provide hard surface support for both people and objects in residential and commercial settings. Yet, there are vast differences in performance, cost, durability, design, and applications.

 

Below, we compare concrete and asphalt to demonstrate why concrete is a better choice for your patio, driveway, sidewalk, or any other project. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Creative Concrete.

Longevity

How long any hard surface lasts depends on several factors, such as climate, usage, setting, and how well you maintain it. Assuming you are taking care of the surface, you can expect asphalt to last 15 to 20 years. With regular maintenance and care, concrete can last 25 to 50 years. If the concrete is exposed to heavy traffic and ongoing use, you will likely get 30 good years. However, it is not uncommon for concrete in a residential setting to perform well for up to 50 years.

Cost

When determining the cost of pouring concrete versus asphalt, you need to consider three things:

 

1.      Installation Costs

The current national average baseline cost per square foot for concrete is $2.50. The current national average baseline cost per square foot for asphalt is $1.43. This does not include labor costs which will vary per contractor. It also does not include additional features, expenses, or special requests.

 

2.      Maintenance Costs

General maintenance for concrete and asphalt surfaces usually includes three things:

 

●        Filling in cracks

●        Power washing

●        Sealing

 

The average cost for filling in a crack in either surface is $300. Professional power washing can cost $500 and sealing can cost up to $1200 for both concrete and asphalt surfaces. In most cases, asphalt surfaces need regular maintenance and sealing every three to five years. Concrete also requires maintenance every three years.

 

3.      Repairs or Replacement

While the maintenance costs for asphalt and concrete are roughly the same, where they differ is in repair or replacement costs. Repairs usually include:

 

●        Filling in potholes

●        Replacing sections of the surface

●        Replacing the entire surface

●        Resurfacing

 

Resurfacing concrete can cost between $200 and $1200. The average cost for a replacement is $6200 to $8500. Most asphalt repairs can cost between $900 and $3100. Most repairs consist of filling in potholes or sinkholes, which can occur far more frequently with asphalt than concrete.

 

Overall, concrete costs more to pour than asphalt. However, considering the amount of maintenance and replacement costs that you will incur with asphalt, concrete is a more affordable option in the long run. 

Design Options

Asphalt typically offers limited design options due to its default color, which is black. Concrete gives you more decorative options, such as textures, colors, and patterns. You can also stamp concrete, which opens up your options even more.

 

You can also use concrete for patios, pool decks, sidewalks, and garages. Asphalt use is limited to driveways and walkways only.

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If you are looking for a professional concrete service in the Twin Cities metro area, let Creative Concrete help. We can meet with you on-site to discuss your upcoming concrete project. To find out more about our services or request a quote, fill out our contact form on our website. We’ll contact you to set up a consultation and give you an estimate. We look forward to partnering with you on your next concrete project!