Asphalt or pavement? A small comparison

When it comes to the pavement in the driveway or driveway, the question often arises, which pavement is better suited. This is not just a matter of taste - both coverings also technically have their advantages and disadvantages. A small comparison of both can be found in our article.

Points to consider

For a meaningful decision, several criteria are important:

  • the length of the driveway or driveway
  • the costs
  • the cost of infiltration of rainwater
  • the ease of care
  • the durability
  • the optics

Depending on the individual situation, the advantages of paving or asphalt can prevail. Much should be weighed against each other, if it is not just about the look.

Length of driveway or driveway

As a rule, asphalting is hardly worthwhile for very small areas. This is related to the costs incurred. The material price of asphalt is about 15 EUR per m² for ordinary road asphalt, although quite cheap - but the installation costs can overburden in small areas:

  • Cost of the substructure
  • machine use
  • Access and machine transport
  • working hours

Although working time is only a small factor (for installation alone), it also weighs excessively on small areas. As a rule, paving is more profitable here (or a gravel or gravel surface).


The cost of pavement and asphalt can not be directly compared - paving stones can be very different in cost.

Then there are the costs for the installation, if you do not do it yourself. If you do not want to lend a hand, you must also include the costs for the substructure. This is not cheap with the patch.

In asphalt, the substructure is still significantly more expensive, as here much higher demands are placed on the quality and carrying capacity of the substructure, usually here at least 1 m deep and be pit made a corresponding substructure with many compacted layers.

In general it can be said that asphalt can prove to be cheaper from a certain surface size, if compared with a higher quality plaster and also has the pavement laid (is advisable in most cases).

Expenses for infiltration

In an asphalt surface nothing can seep - in Sickerpflaster already. This means that you have a higher outlay on asphalt, because you need to plan in and install appropriate drainage channels and a percolation system on the property.

However, this means only a one-time effort, in operation makes a percolation very little work and does not cost.

easy care

Asphalt is certainly the better alternative here. Plasters must be cleaned occasionally - which can be costly - and the weeds in the pavement joints must be removed. In asphalt, weeds can not settle in the joints.

Also, clearing snow and removing foliage is usually much easier on paved surfaces than on pavement.


The durability of asphalt is consistently higher than that of pavement - with ordinary asphalt pavements one can expect at least 25 - 30 years of maintenance-free durability. Even then, asphalt can be easily repaired again.

Plaster usually lasts less long, even if it is laid professionally. In addition, the load capacity of asphalt is significantly higher.


The design options for asphalt are a bit more limited than with paving. Although there are also colored coatings on the asphalt, elaborate designs also drive up costs and still offer only limited possibilities.

Tips & Tricks

The essential criterion is probably the area size - with small areas, asphalting is usually hardly worthwhile. From a certain surface size outweigh the advantages in asphalt - apart from the appearance - but clearly.

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