As a Salem concrete company, we might be a bit biased, but we see concrete as the superior option for most customers. At Slate & Slate Construction, we focus on providing our customers with the most value for their money, and as such, we look at our work as an investment to our customers. Here are a few of the reasons we think concrete generally outperforms asphalt and brings customers more value for their money:
- Concrete generally lasts longer than asphalt. Asphalt is more likely to last about 15-20 years, while concrete can last up to 50 years. Concrete is costlier to install, but you will install it less frequently, so you will likely save money in the long-run with concrete.
- Asphalt requires more maintenance than concrete does to keep in good shape. Concrete is well known for its durability and ease to maintain.
- Concrete is better for the environment, thanks to the Albedo Effect, which increases reflectivity (reducing heat absorption), and can actually cut air conditioning costs by up to 18%.
- If you live in an HOA, you may be limited in your options. Concrete generally has a more luxurious look and feel associated to it, thanks to the many decorative concrete options available to choose from, so concrete is more likely to be allowed by many HOAs than asphalt. Be sure to check your guidelines.
- To the same note, concrete is more customizable and can actually add value to your home or business property. Decorative concrete can improve your home or business’s curb appeal by giving it a distinct look and feel. There are many different looks that decorative concrete can capture, including cobblestone, brick, and natural slate. Additionally, concrete can be stained to just about any color you can imagine. With concrete, the options are plentiful, but with asphalt, you can have a flat black look.
If you’re looking to re-pave your driveway this summer, give Slate & Slate Construction a call for a free estimate on your concrete project. We will take care of your concrete driveway in Salem as if it were our own.