a great first impression on visitors to your home with
an aesthetically pleasing driveway.
materials you select to pave your driveway affect the
job’s price. The materials used also affect your home’s
curb appeal and resale value.
out how these popular driveway options differ to ensure
you’re making the best choice.
consider asphalt one of the cheapest options. Paving an
asphalt driveway ranges from $2,300 to $10,300,
according to costhelper.com, and Angie’s List members
nationally reported an average price of $5,308 to pave
an asphalt driveway.
is certainly less expensive than concrete, but it is
also smoother because it does not have joints or
gaps," says Scot Leggett, owner of Leggett Asphalt
in Tualatin, Ore. "Asphalt is stronger than an
equal depth of concrete, and much stronger than concrete
that is not fortified with rebar or wire mesh."
homeowners reseal the asphalt driveway every three
years, it will last about 20 years, according to the
National Asphalt Pavement Association.
should be 3 inches thick when used over gravel for new
driveways, and 2 inches thick when repaving, Leggett
says. Some contractors disagree, but he argues thicker
in mind that we do not make additional profit for laying
the asphalt deeper," he says. "You pay only
for the additional raw material, making a thicker paving
job a great value."
properly maintained, a concrete driveway can last for
about 30 years and continue to cure and harden, says
Prisciliano Anaya, president of Anaya Concrete in
Denver. "Concrete that’s eight years old is much
stronger than concrete that’s two years old," he
driveways should be at least 4 inches thick to support
regular vehicles and at least 5 inches thick for heavier
trucks, according to the American Concrete Pavement
driveways cost more, starting around $3,500, according
to costhelper.com. Angie’s List members nationally
reported an average price of $7,394 to pave a concrete
concrete requires less maintenance than asphalt, Anaya
says. He advises homeowners to watch for soil erosion on
either side of the driveway, avoid using de-icing
chemicals and opt for a sealer to protect their
investment. Also, sealing cracks in the control joints
running through the slab will prevent water from seeping
asphalt you have to recoat it every year or every other
year," he says. "Concrete requires less
maintenance, and it looks nicer."
brick and concrete pavers
clay and concrete pavers feature impressive strength,
says Frank Calistro, owner of Old World Brick Paving in
River Grove, Ill. Concrete pavers come with a strength
rating of 9,000 pounds per square inch, and 12,000 psi
for clay, he says. Concrete driveways usually use 4,000
psi of cement.
some differences exist. Clay pavers feature a deeper,
more vibrant color than concrete pavers, Calistro says.
Clay pavers sometimes cost twice as much, and unlike
concrete pavers, they only come in one shape, he adds.
paver driveways sometimes cost up to $14,500, while clay
brick driveways can reach $28,000, according to
require little to no upkeep, though concrete pavers
require sealing every five to seven years, Calistro
says. If the base was properly installed, they should
last for decades, he adds.
should outlast all asphalt and concrete," Calistro
says. "It gives you better resale value for your
house than asphalt or concrete."
up the basics
also can add decorative elements to concrete and asphalt
driveways. One common option involves stamping a pattern
into the materials, creating a faux paver. But adding a
single decorative element can add thousands to the
a type of driveway depends on the homeowner’s needs
and tastes, Leggett says, admitting he’s a little bit
love the smooth dark look of asphalt, but it is
certainly true that stamped and colored concrete has
real beauty, as do interlocking pavers," he says.
"It is good to have choices!"