With autumn in full swing, there’s no better time than the present to replace your driveway. Work becomes nearly impossible under loads of ice and snow!
This means you have a very important decision to make: Should you invest in an asphalt or concrete driveway?
While our experts at Creative Concrete are unable to provide the best answer without a consultation, we hope our breakdown of the topic below can at least point you in the right direction.
Concrete Driveways Outperform Asphalt in Appearance
As is the case with many products, both concrete driveways and asphalt driveways shine in different circumstances, but concrete lends itself to more aesthetically pleasing options.
From rich browns to reddish hues, concrete colors can be customized to suit your style and compliment your home’s exterior. With a driveway often being one of the first parts of your home that people see, make it beautiful and welcoming with a color that invites people in.
For an even more personalized and elegant look, choose stamped concrete for your driveway. Not only does decorative concrete boost the appearance of your home, but it can also pump up the value, too.
With traditional styles, like European fanning or slate blocking, or more modern looks, like wood plank textures, you can dramatically change your home’s curb appeal for a fraction of the cost of other materials.
Another feature of concrete is how easily you can transition your tinted or stamped concrete pattern from your driveway to your walkways and patios. From driveway to front door, you can maintain a continuous look that completes your home’s exterior.
Concrete Driveways Win With Functionality
On the functional side of things, concrete is the right choice for household driveways. With its strength, durability, and ease of maintenance, concrete provides lasting beauty and quality.
Long Lasting Investment
Properly maintained concrete driveways can last 40+ years, as opposed to the hard maximum of 20-30 for asphalt. If you plan to stay in your house for a while, concrete driveways are the way to go.
Though concrete is tough as nails in the summertime (it won’t melt like asphalt), it does require extra care to weather our cold Minnesotan winters, so it doesn’t heave or crack. Winterize your driveway to ensure that you get the full life out of your concrete.
Less Repair Cost
Concrete driveways are less likely than asphalt to require large amounts of professional maintenance. Especially when sealed properly, concrete can handle extreme weather conditions and needs fewer repairs over time, which saves you money.
Boost Property Values
Concrete driveways are a great way to wow people passing by with their high-end appearance. They are perfect for HOAs or people looking to sell their homes because in many cases, concrete driveways add a little extra value to a property.
Choose Creative Concrete in the Twin Cities
We’re Twin Cities concrete driveway contractors with a passion for top-notch service and innovation in design. Learn what our local concrete company can do for you or your business: Give us a call today at 612-414-7932 or contact us online!