If you’re getting ready for your next paving project, you may be faced with the decision of whether you want to use asphalt or concrete. In order to decide, you should understand the pros and cons of each and know how they may be beneficial to your project.
Asphalt is a compound of petroleum-based tar and small stones similar to gravel. Before it’s poured, it’s heated up to help it bond to the surface it’s being poured on. Asphalt is very durable, making it a popular material for areas that see high traffic, such as streets and parking lots. A high quality asphalt can handle heavy usage without wearing out. Asphalt is considered a cost-effective method for paving a large area, particularly because it’s fairly easy to patch or repair. When mixed, heated and poured properly, quality asphalt can last for many years.
Concrete is made from a mixture of water, cement and a very fine stone. This mixture is good if you’re looking for a sturdy area for your paving project. Concrete is incredible strong and can handle a substantial amount of weight without worry of cracking or other damage. Areas that see high traffic of heavy vehicles such as delivery trucks typically find concrete to be the best solution to their paving needs.
How to Decide
Knowing the differences between the two may help you make your decision, but if you’re still unsure, do a thorough evaluation of your space and decide how it will be most often used. Will it see a lot of heavy vehicles on a daily basis? Are you looking for a paving solution that will be easy to repair and will last many years? How much money are you willing to invest in regular maintenance costs? Knowing how you plan to use your space can help you decide whether asphalt or concrete is right for you.
No matter what option you choose, you want to make sure you have the right contractor in your corner to do the job. When you’re ready to get started, give the pros at Fix Asphalt a call, at 877-905-1992.