On part for cost of a concrete driveway is an asphalt driveway. Asphalt sets quicker than concrete, so you can use it again a lot sooner. It’s highly weather-resistant, too, expanding and contracting in the heat and cold without issue.
An asphalt driveway should last around 20 years, although compared to concrete, at least, asphalt does require a little more maintenance – but cracks and holes can easily be filled.
Hot tar is laid on a gravel base with loose stone chips added to the tar and then flattened and solidified in place. Tarmac driveways are a flat but somewhat flexible surface, and is a a cheaper version than asphalt.
Tarmac is a low maintenance option, possibly requiring loose stones to be replaced from time to time. It is very durable – resisting both high and low temperatures, although one has to be careful clearing snow as the tarmac finish can be damaged.
It is a relatively cheap option but not many contractors do install it as they do with other driveway options.