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Asphalt Driveways and Five Alternatives

by | Dec 15, 2022 | Asphalt, Asphalt Mix, Paving, Property Maintenance, Residential | 0 comments

At Top Job Asphalt we find that one of our biggest requests for residential projects is for paving, maintenance, or repair on asphalt driveways. We get a lot of questions regarding possible alternatives to asphalt driveways. So we’re going to take the time to layout your options and hopefully address your concerns. Here are details on five alternatives to asphalt driveways.

Five Alternatives to Asphalt Driveways:

1.  Poured Concrete

Asphalt v Concrete Driveways

Concrete is often the primary alternative to asphalt driveways. They are a bit more durable and a quick wash down is all that’s needed to make it look as good as new. It’s poured in sections that allow it to compensate for natural shifting and movement. This helps the driveway avoid cracking and premature degradation.

However, it’s important to note that poured concrete driveways are much more expensive than their asphalt counterparts. Sometimes they’re twice as expensive to pave. As far as maintenance goes, concrete is also more difficult and expensive to repair. It’s also important to note that the driveway can suffer damage if you use the wrong de-icing product.

2.  Stamped Concrete

Ashalt Driveways Alternative: Stamped Concrete

This is a dressier version of poured concrete. It’s laid in the same manner and then stamped near completion to provide a particular pattern or design. This is often done to mimic cobblestone and you can also add color to the concrete if you like.

This asphalt driveway alternative has similar pros and cons as poured concrete. Additionally, though, it’s very important that you hire an experienced contractor as stamping is a complicated skill that takes a while to fully learn. This will be more expensive than simply pouring concrete and repairs become trickier as well since there is the design to take into account.

3.  Interlocking Pavers

Interlocking pavers are set on a sand and gravel base. The pavers are laid in any manner of pleasing patterns (choices for color and design are almost limitless). They are not mortared down, as they typically are on a patio, but this may be an option in some climates. This asphalt driveway alternative lasts 30-40 years and is more expensive than even concrete to install.

Asphalt Driveway Alternative: Interlocking Pavers

This driveway type is much higher maintenance than either asphalt or concrete alternatives. The pavers can shift with frost or be knocked out of place by any manner of things (vehicles, people, pets, lawn equipment, or tools). Repairs for this are simple though and small sections can easily be relaid with the proper base.

4.  Tar and Chip (aka Chip Sealed)

Asphalt Driveways Alternative: Chip Seal

Chip sealed driveways are seen a bit less often, but rather popular in rural areas. This type of driveway has a gravel base. Hot tar is poured over that and chips (or stones) are laid on top of it. The whole driveway is then pressed with roller equipment.

This asphalt driveway alternative is one of the least expensive options you’ll come across. However, it won’t provide a smooth or polished finish. The chips will come loose eventually, but you can repave pretty inexpensively. Your only maintenance will be gathering the stones that have come free.

5.  Exposed Aggregate

This alternative is similar to a chip-sealed driveway but is much more polished as it’s sealed. It has a concrete base along with aggregate additives. After it is poured a thin layer of the top concrete is removed with a high-pressure hose, leaving the aggregate partially exposed. Lastly, it’s buffered and sealed, leaving a shiny finish and adding to the durability of the pavement.

Asphalt Driveways Alternative: Exposed Aggrigagte

Exposed aggregate can become quite expensive, especially for a large driveway.  It’s comparable to the most expensive concrete options.

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Bottom Line: There’s a Reason Why Asphalt Driveways Are So Popular

Asphalt driveways are so popular for a reason- durability and affordability.  Asphalt driveways are low maintenance and long-lasting.

They require resealing every couple of years and possibly crack seal.  But these maintenance projects are quick, easy, and affordable.  Especially when compared to their concrete (poured or stamped) and interlocking pavers counterparts.  Taking both paving and maintenance into account, asphalt driveways provide for a lower total cost.

The total cost can only be beaten by a chip-sealed driveway.  However, this option is much less polished and presentable.  It also doesn’t provide melting benefits if you live in a cold climate with ice and snow.  An asphalt driveway does, keeping you and your family safe.

Top Job Asphalt has been in the industry for over 10 years!  We pride ourselves on our professionalism and expertise.  We’ve developed techniques and technology to make sure you get the best-looking and longest-lasting asphalt!  Call today for your free quote on your residential or business project.  Our knowledgeable staff is ready to talk to you today! 

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Pam Taylor
Pam Taylor
October 4, 2021.
My husband and I contracted with Top Job to asphalt the driveway at our cabin in Fish Haven, ID. Starting with Steve who gave us the estimate, to Teri, Sam and especially Kevin who headed the project was timely, professional, and exceptionally well done. They are an honest and reputable company. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is looking to asphalt. Pam
Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson
October 1, 2021.
Top Job Asphalt works extremely well to the satisfaction of each of their customers!
David Hansen
David Hansen
September 29, 2021.
Very pleased with the work performed.
Tony Nielson
Tony Nielson
September 29, 2021.
Top Job Staff and crew did an excellent job on our parking lot. The crack seal crew was on the job before daylight and did great work. Most impressive was the slurry seal crew. Kerry and his team did a wonderful job. worked around my tenants parking issues, worked between rain storms. Kerry would not apply slurry until he was 100 percent sure the parking lot was dry enough after the rain. refreshing to see someone care so much about his product, his job, and his crew. Rosalie was also right on top of scheduling and even made a site visit to make sure I was happy. Top Job went above and beyond my expectations and I would recommend them to anyone .. I will use this company again in the future. Thank you very much! Tony and Cole Nielson T.K.S. Development.
Dennis Simonson
Dennis Simonson
September 23, 2021.
Was really impressed with the professional preparation on the driveway surface prior to the application of sealant. FRIENDLY and easy to work with. Highly recommend. Compared prices before settling on Top Job, good value. Their communication between office, field and scheduler was exceptional.
Christie Brown
Christie Brown
August 16, 2021.
We now have the PRETTIEST driveway approach and RV parking on the block! Nice job, TOP JOB ASPHALT!

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