Asphalt vs. Interlocking Driveways: Pros and Cons

asphalt driveway These days there are a wide variety of materials that can be used to create a driveway.  In this article we’re going to compare asphalt vs. interlocking driveways:  pros and cons.  Ideally it’ll help you make a decision when it comes to the installation of your driveway.

Cost

When it comes to how much you’ll spend on driveway installation, asphalt definitely falls within the pro category.  Asphalt is one of the cheapest driveway materials available.  Interlocking pavers will cost substantially more, making cost is one of its cons.

Longevity

Compared with interlocking pavers, longevity is a con for asphalt driveways.  Although it’s cheap and easy to install, an asphalt driveway will last about 10 years.  If you experience extreme fluctuations between heat and cold, asphalt will have a tendency to begin to crack, heave and break down over time.  Interlocking pavers, on the other hand, are one of the longest lasting driveway materials available and will often still be completely functional after 25 years.  Longevity is a pro when it comes to interlocking driveways.

Maintenance

Interlocking pavers need to be sealed on a regular basis.  Every three to five years is the typical rule of thumb.  This keeps them looking clean and fresh by preventing stains from forming and keeping the colour stable.  There is some debate as to whether asphalt driveways need to be sealed.  You can find many sources that also recommend sealing asphalt every three to five years.  However, the fact that the typical asphalt road or highway is never sealed seems to confirm that you can get away without sealing your driveway.  This would put asphalt driveway maintenance in the pro column.

Repairs

Repairs are definitely a pro when it comes to Interlocking pavers.  If you find any of the pavers cracking or becoming discoloured it’s easy to replace a single stone.  If you want to repair your asphalt driveway, it’ll be a much more involved process.

Design

Compared with a black slab of asphalt, interlocking pavers definitely win in the design department.  Interlocking pavers come in a veritable rainbow of colours and the design possibilities are almost limitless.  Some interlocking paver driveways can actually be considered a work or art, something that’s probably never been said about an asphalt pad.