If you are considering paving your driveway, you may be exploring several different options. Gravel, concrete, and asphalt are materials that are often used for driveways. Gravel is the least expensive option. Installed, it is priced at $0.75 to $3.00 or more per square foot.and consists of crushed stones. In addition, gravel is available in multiple colors.

Concrete is the most expensive, but it can be stamped or designed to suit your design preferences. A plain concrete driveway is usually priced between $3 and $10 or more per square foot installed.

The third option, asphalt, offers a dark, modern appearance and is priced between gravel and concrete. Homeowners can expect to pay $2 to $5 for an asphalt driveway. Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages of selecting asphalt as your driveway material: 

The Advantages

Here are two advantages of asphalt:

The Look

Many people really enjoy the attractive, dark appearance of asphalt. It offers a sleek addition to the landscape without overpowering the other features of your property. In addition, the dark look of the material makes it look new longer.


An asphalt driveway can last up to 35 years. However, longevity is dependent on multiple factors, such as installation, traffic and weather conditions. If you take great care of your driveway, it is likely to last longer.

The Disadvantages

Even though asphalt is a great option as a driveway material, it does have certain limitations or disadvantages. Here are a few of them:

Lack of Style Versatility

If the ability to use different colors for your driveway is important to you, asphalt may not be the material for you. Asphalt driveways are only available in the color black. Still, the neutral, sleek darkness of black tones usually complement most landscapes.

A Little Maintenance

People with asphalt driveways need to clean them at least a couple of times annually with a broom and hose or power washer to remove debris. In addition, the asphalt should be coated every couple of years with a sealant. Holes or cracks in the asphalt should be fixed as soon as they are noticed.

Doesn't Like it Hot

If you live in a very hot climate, an asphalt driveway may display impressions and marks. Asphalt becomes more flexible and soft when exposed to heat.

If you would like to have an asphalt driveway installed, contact a paving contractor in your area.