New Asphalt Driveway vs. Brick Driveway

Though they are both sturdy and attractive, there are a few key differences between a new asphalt driveway and a brick driveway. Consider the following as you plan your driveway to decide which material will work best for your needs.

Weather Element

Asphalt is not ideal for areas with warm or hot weather. The material tends to warp and can become uneven when exposed to heat for a long period of time, leaving you with a driveway that is damaged. Asphalt is better for areas with consistently cool or cold climates. Brick driveways, on the other hand, work well in both hot and cold weather.


Brick pavers, which are the basic component of brick driveways, are slip and skid resistant, making them safer than asphalt. The latter can soften and melt, especially during hot summer months.


When it comes to repair, an asphalt driveway is easy to fix by paving asphalt on any holes. However, you have to mix asphalt, which is challenging to work with. Replacing a brick paver is much more simple: all you have to do is remove the damaged brick paver, insert a new one and apply grout around the new brick.