Call us at 630-398-4600 or contact us today for any questions and a free quote for your driveway project!

Your driveway is literally the entry point to your home. It sets the tone for the rest of your property, both aesthetically and functionally. If you are looking for ways to add value to your home, adding a safer, more aesthetic driveway is a safe bet.

Advocate Driveway Company lays both of the two most popular types of driveways: asphalt and concrete.

Asphalt and Concrete: Differences and Similarities

At the core, asphalt and concrete are both made with stone and sand. Both driveway styles have a gravel base. Yet, that’s where the similarities stop. An asphalt driveway is a petroleum-based material, whereas a concrete driveway is made with cement.

Both are viable choices for your driveway. Our team works with you to see which option will work best for you, turning your driveway dreams into a reality.

Our Driveway Services Include:

  • Asphalt Driveways

Many homeowners opt for an asphalt driveway because it can be a more affordable option than its concrete counterpart. Asphalt gives your driveway a natural flexibility, which can help withstand winter weather’s freeze-thaw cycle. The average lifespan of an asphalt driveway is about 15 years with some maintenance.

To get the most from your asphalt driveway, you’ll want to put a sealcoating treatment on it every few years. This adds a protective layer to fill in any tiny cracks, which helps keep debris and water out of spaces in the surface. While it does well in the cold, it can become gooey or stick when the temperature soars.

  • Concrete Driveways

While a concrete driveway has more upfront costs than an asphalt one, it has a longer life span. A concrete driveway typically lasts 50-60 percent longer than asphalt driveways, with less maintenance along the way.

Since concrete is a rigid, non-flexible material, it can handle heavier loads. This is especially important for homeowners with larger vehicles. If you are looking for more aesthetic options, concrete is the way to go.

  • Colored and Stamped Concrete

Sunset Beige. Brick Red. Mocha Brown. Cape Cod Gray. Smoke. These are just a handful of concrete colors Advocate Construction offers.

Coloring concrete is a two-step process. First, we add a powdered dye to the concrete on site and thoroughly mix it together for a unified base color. Then, we add a second release color right before we stamp it to create the tone you’re looking to achieve.

  • Concrete Walkways/Steps/Stoops

The aesthetic to the front of your house goes beyond the driveway. Any walkway, steps or stoop should also be taken into account. Just like for your driveway, concrete is a durable solution for your walkways. Whether you need narrow or wide, long or short, you can use concrete.

  • Concrete Patios

Installing or replacing a back patio is a big decision. One popular material is concrete because of its versatility, longevity and cost savings.

  • Concrete Garage Floors

Whether you are thinking about a new concrete garage floor or replacing an old one, Advocate can help.

  • Curb Cutting and Curb Creation

Need help with your curb? Need to cut it down or create a new one? No problem. We can help out.

  • Retaining Walls

Installing a concrete retaining wall gives you functional support for keeping soil in place and helps prevent flooding. When looking for a sleeker look than dirt piles, a concrete retaining wall is an option.

What to Consider Before Installing a New Driveway

Are you thinking about getting an asphalt driveway? Or leaning toward a concrete driveway? Still trying to figure out which will work best for you?

Here are some factors to consider:

  • Usage

When people think about their driveway use, they immediately think about parking their vehicles. While that’s true, when deciding on the type of material for your driveway, you’ll want to take that answer one step further. What types of vehicles do you have? Do you have larger trucks or do you park an RV or boat in your driveway? If you have larger materials or have a heavy traffic area, you’ll want a more durable material, like a concrete driveway.

  • Design

Check out the dimensions of your driveway to determine what materials may make sense for your space. Doublecheck that your design has space for a standard vehicle or larger.

  • Regulations

No matter how much you’ll want to have the perfect design, exactly the way you want it, there are some regulations to check with first. Both an HOA and local city council’s may have regulations about what you can and cannot have for your driveway. Don’t put in your perfect driveway, just to find out that you used a material or color that isn’t approved.

  • Maintenance

Assessing the commitment to maintenance throughout a material’s lifespan is also important. You’ll want to do proper maintenance to get the most from your driveway, so choose a material with which you can realistically do the upkeep.

  • Budget

Whenever you start a project, it’s always a best practice to know your budget. Know all your budget constraints before diving in so you don’t get in over your head. If you are interested in a new driveway, we offer flexible financing and complimentary, detailed quotes to help you best understand the costs to fit into your budget.

Please call us at 630-398-4600 or contact us today for any questions and a free quote for your driveway project!