Asphalt is different than concrete in a variety of ways. In terms of function, they virtually create the same outcome, it just is reached through different methods and a bit of different standards.
How durable are they?
Both options last upwards of 30 years when maintained properly. This really depends on the homeowner and how they are able to keep up with their surface needs. If the previous homeowner left the driveway without maintenance for several years, you’ll probably see serious signs of decay, regardless of if it’s asphalt or concrete. How can you spot these?
Cracks in concrete and asphalt – Cracks give you a few risk indicators. There’s likely too much stress on the surface, and the volume of it’s usage is high. Also, the elements have forced the crack to expand and get worse.
Eco friendliness of asphalt vs concrete- In the mixing process, concrete creates a larger carbon footprint than asphalt. However, when being laid, asphalt has a bit more of emission creation. In either case, they both are becoming more eco-friendly over time, as the processes are optimized to limit the carbon footprint.
Heat absorption – Significant heat will be absorbed in both cases, but asphalt can get hot very easily. Be sure to wear necessary coverings and be aware of this for yourself and any pets as well.