For many residential and commercial property owners in the metro area, concrete is the paving material of choice. Some of the characteristics of concrete driveways that lead people choose concrete over asphalt include: Appearance – For many people, the light color and availability of attractive exposed aggregate finishes match their expectations better than dark asphalt.
MN Concrete Driveway Hardness – Unlike asphalt, concrete is solid, hard, strong, and retains those characteristics during hot weather. Asphalt can soften during hot summer days.
Rigidity – As a rigid, stone-like material, concrete resists deformation from vehicles or long periods of parking on its surface. Concrete driveway edges are also less subject to breakdown or deterioration.
Temperature Control – Asphalt driveways get hot during the summer months, due to their dark color – too hot for comfort at times. Light-colored concrete stays cool enough even for bare feet.
Pothole & Weather Resistance – Potholes and other weather-induced damage are rare in concrete driveways. While cracking can occur on concrete driveways, as on any driveway, other types of damage, such as roots growing through the surface, are much less frequent.
Versatility – For many homeowners, a driveway is more than just a road to the garage. Children use driveways for recreation, too, playing sports like basketball and riding skateboards, tricycles and other wheeled toys on them. Neighborhood Standards – In many neighborhoods and developments in the Twin cities, concrete driveways are the standard. In such neighborhoods, an asphalt driveway may detract from a home’s value, and may even be prohibited.
Value – Although a concrete driveway costs from 40-60% more than an equivalent blacktop driveway, it will have a much longer lifespan. When cost is measured over the life of the driveway, the two driveway types are comparable.