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3 Differences Between Concrete & Asphalt Driveways September 7, 2017

Rainy Lake, Koochiching
3 Differences Between Concrete & Asphalt Driveways, Rainy Lake, Minnesota

When looking for a durable material for your property driveway, concrete and asphalt are two common paving options used throughout the country. Knowing the key differences between the two will give you a better understanding of which is best for your needs. If you’re having a tough time deciding, below are three differences to help.

3 Main Differences Between Concrete & Asphalt Driveways

Maintenance Requirements

Regardless of whether you choose concrete or asphalt for the driveway, the material needs routine cleaning to remain in top condition. To remove embedded dirt and mildew from concrete surfaces, coat the area with biodegradable detergent, then spray the ground with water from a pressure washer. To remove stains from asphalt, use a phosphate-free imagecleaning solution, working it into the surface with a stiff-bristled brush. Sealing the asphalt every three years will also improve its appearance. 

Approach to Repairs 

If there are several cracks in concrete, it’s best to remove the entire surface and apply new material. This ensures the new concrete can latch to the ground. Depending on the extent of the damage, you can resurface asphalt to restore its previous condition. 

Life Expectancy 

With proper maintenance, an asphalt driveway can withstand traffic loads and additional wear for up to 20 years before it needs to be replaced. Concrete has a slightly longer life expectancy, able to withstand daily use for 30 years before replacement.


If you live in International Falls, MN, or the surrounding area and need concrete driveway installation, the team at Up North Builders is standing by to help. With over 20 years in the residential and commercial construction industry, they have the tools and know-how to handle the project from execution to clean up. You can also rely on the general contractor for all of your excavating and home remodeling needs. To schedule a service appointment, call (218) 285-3635 today. Visit them online for an in-depth list of services provided, and like them on Facebook for updated information. 

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