Concrete v. Asphalt: An Insider's Look at Paving Materials

If you see a paved surface, chances are that it is either concrete or asphalt.  Concrete and asphalt surfaces both require a strong foundation and professional installation and repairs.  Ideal for warm climates, concrete is a larger financial investment but lasts around 50 years; it requires minimal maintenance but has costly repairs.  Ideal for cold climates, asphalt is cost-effective but lasts only around 30 years; it requires frequent maintenance but has economical repairs.  Both concrete and asphalt have advantages and disadvantages, and when deciding between the two materials, take time to research and find the best option to fit your needs.