Pros and cons of concrete and asphalt driveways
The cost should be based upon a material's durability when paving your driveway. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kenneth B.)
Atlanta driveway experts
Benny Stanley, owner
Benny Stanley Paving
4288 New Hope Church Road SE
What material is best for driveways? Why?
Scott: Concrete. It's maintenance-free and lasts longer than asphalt.
Sudlow: Concrete. It's more durable and requires less maintenance.
Stanley: Asphalt. If you have a bigger job, it's cheaper and it holds up as good as concrete if you put it down right.
How much does it cost?
Scott: Depending on site conditions and the preparation required, it's $4 to $8 a square foot.
Sudlow: There are a lot of different things that affect the price, but it's usually about $4 to $4.50 per square foot.
Stanley: We have a $750 minimum, and the average is $1 to $1.50 a square foot.
How long does it last?
Scott: Anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on what's driven on it.
Sudlow: It can last 40 years and longer under ideal conditions.
Stanley: Usually about 20 years.
How long before I can start using my new driveway?
Scott: You can walk on it after one day and drive on it after five.
Sudlow: Three days.
Stanley: You can use it the same day if it's not too hot.
Can you resurface my existing driveway?
Scott: We'd have to remove the existing. The new material won't adhere to the old.
Sudlow: Typically not, it doesn't perform well.
Stanley: If the existing base is solid, we can pave right over it.
Can you repair the driveway if it's cracked?
Scott: We recommend replacing the driveway because repairs are unsightly.
Sudlow: Replacing the driveway is the only way you won't see the repairs.
Stanley: You can put a sealer on them, but if it's too bad, you can just cut them out and replace that section.
What kind of maintenance is required?
Scott: You can pressure wash it every once in a while.
Sudlow: Just keep it clean.
Stanley: Get it resealed every three years.