Want a New Driveway in a Snowy Climate? Choosing Between Concrete and Asphalt

If you are planning to have a new driveway installed at your home and you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, there are many things you need to consider. Two types of driveways that would work well for winter areas are concrete and asphalt. Below is some information about each of these so you can decide what you would like best for your home.


Concrete is very durable and requires less maintenance if it is properly sealed. If you do get a crack in the concrete over time, it is easy to repair with a crack filler that you can purchase at any home improvement store.

One great things about concrete driveways in cold areas is radiant heating. The concrete company can install the radiant heating system when they install your driveway. They do this by installing electric currents under the concrete. These currents generated electricity to the concrete driveway which creates heat.

Concrete pavers can also be used with the same radiant heat system. Concrete pavers can be chosen in a variety of colors and patterns. If a paver is damaged, you can remove the individual paver and replace it instead of having to replace the entire driveway.

This may cost more money but snow and ice will melt when it hits the driveway keeping the driveway from damage, as well as keeping you and your family safe.


An asphalt driveway would also work well for you. Asphalt is a mixture of stones and sand with a liquid asphalt cement. The stones and sand are heated and then mixed in with the cement. The asphalt is then heated and delivered to your home.  One big benefit of an asphalt driveway is that it will dry very quickly after it is laid so you can park and walk on it in only a couple of hours.

Asphalt is strong and durable and it can withstand freezing and thawing of the cold temperatures. This is because asphalt will flex and give when the temperature constantly fluctuates. You will also not have to worry about salting your driveway as the salt will not damage asphalt.

Asphalt is black so it draws in and retains heat from the sun. This means the snow will melt quick on this type of driveway.

Talk with a driveway contractor about concrete and asphalt materials to learn much more about them.