Driveway Dilemma: Blacktop or Concrete?

When we purchased the Care-Free Home, one of the first projects we knew we’d have to tackle was the garage exterior and driveway.  Both were in sad shape and definitely detracted from the home’s exterior. While we were able to get the garage cleaned up when we did the rest of our exterior renovation last year, now the driveway is even more of an eyesore than it was before!

Original Garage Exterior and Driveway

This spring we are finally planning to tackle the driveway project and are debating between replacing the current blacktop driveway with a new one or going for a concrete driveway with a little more style.  What to do?

The updated Garage exterior looks a lot better, but the driveway still needs work!

This spring we are finally planning to tackle the driveway project and are debating between replacing the current blacktop driveway with a new one or going for a concrete driveway with a little more style.  What to do?

We’ve been leaning towards concrete because of the original design of the home including several concrete patios and concrete in the Breezeway between the carport and house.  In addition, the original sales brochure pictures a concrete driveway.

Front elevation photo from the original 1957 Alcoa sales brochure
Another photo of the driveway and carport from the original brochure

We really like the idea of using concrete to both compliments the original details of the home and add more curb appeal and architectural interest to the house.  Here are a couple great examples of modern concrete driveways that we like.

We love the way this offset concrete driveway looks with this mid-century modern home

Source: HomeDIT

Here’s another nice concrete driveway on and Eichler home

Source: Eichler For Sale

As you can probably tell, we’re leaning towards concrete, our only concern is its durability in our cold climate here in Minneapolis.  We’ve done a lot of research online and it seems that frost heaving and road salt can reduce the lifespan of a concrete driveway substantially.
Help us decide!  Does anyone have any personal experience with the concrete/blacktop dilemma in our cold Minnesota climate?  What did you choose and how has it worked out?  Stay tuned, we’re planning to get this project underway soon and will post some more photos of the finished project!