When you planning to pave a parking lot, two primary concerns will arise; the initial cost and the value you can expect over the long term. One decision that wall play a role is whether to use asphalt or concrete to pave the surface. They are both strong, and have advantages and disadvantages, so making a decision comes down to understanding the factors involved.
The benefits of asphalt paving are:
- Quicker installation. An Asphalt surface can be prepared and ready to use in just as few days, or even one day depending on the size. This is good for a business that needs to keep its operation running.
- Lower cost. The installation of an asphalt driveway is less expensive. Commercial and residential properties can save money.
- Lasts longer. With proper maintenance, asphalt surfaces can hold up longer than concrete, for twenty years or more depending on traffic. As long as the sub layer is applied to a high standard, only the top layer will need to be repaired.
- Environmentally friendly. Asphalt material can be reused to make new parking lots or driveways.
- Asphalt lasts long, but not as long as concrete. It also requires more frequent maintenance.
These are the benefits of concrete for paving:
- Design flexibility. This material allows more creativity in the use of colors and patterns for an attractive paved area.
- Easier maintenance. Keeping these surfaces in good shape usually takes less time, and it is easier to do. Sealing cracks is a simpler process, and with proper care they can last for a long time.
- Better for hot climates. Concrete is usually a better paving option in areas known for high temperatures as asphalt absorbs more heat.
- Concrete takes a few days to cure properly, which can be an inconvenience for a business hoping to use a parking lot quickly. It can take up to seven days for the curing process to be completed. It is more expensive than asphalt, and it takes much longer to put in a concrete parking lot or driveway.
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Call us to determine which paving material is best for your property. Your decision should not only depend on your budget, it should also be based on your area, and your ability to maintain the paved area. It is a good idea to discuss setting up a maintenance schedule to keep your repair costs down over time.