Why You Should Choose Asphalt Over Concrete
Now we’re not saying that one is absolutely better than the other, but we hope that this will allow you to see the benefits of Asphalt and help you make that decision of choosing between the two.
Difference between Asphalt and Concrete?
Asphalt is a paving solution made up of mineral aggregates and bitumen commonly used for roads, parking lots, driveways, etc. Concrete is made from American materials such as limestone, rock and water. Can’t make a decision yet? Let’s keep going!
Asphalt works in all kinds of Temperatures
Concrete can create issues with cracking in harsh winter environments while Asphalt is ideal to use for paving in the colder areas because it flexes and can handle temperature fluctuations well. While asphalt typically needs more maintenance than concrete, it is often much easier to repair than concrete and if put down properly Asphalt can hold up just as well. Asphalt cracks can be sealed at a cheaper price and appear less obvious than concrete patching.
Asphalt Resurfacing Is A Good Option To Reduce Paving Costs Over Time
A good rule of thumb is to sealcoat your asphalt 6 months after installation and again every two to three years. This will give you the best results and lengthen the life of the asphalt. Routine maintenance costs you much less in the long run. You can push the date out on your replacement from less than 10 years for completely unmaintained asphalt in harsh conditions to 20+ years for well-loved pavement, more than doubling the life! The long lifespan saves you money and a headache in the long run.
Since the construction process is so quick it saves time and energy used to complete a project. Asphalt is also recyclable so it can be used more than once. It also has a high LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating because of its locally sourced recyclable materials.
In Conclusion when choosing Asphalt it can:
-Be easier to maintain
-Be easier to repair
-Be less troublesome during cold Temperatures
-Offer a bold contrasting look
-Be better for the Environment
-Have Faster Project completions
Tips to extend the lifespan of Asphalt
We understand that there are a lot of factors that go into making such a big decision for your project, and there are pros and cons to both Asphalt and Concrete. Make sure you do your research, see what benefits you the most, and take into account where you are, your budget, and how often you need to maintain it.