Asphalt and concrete pavement have been rivals for as long as we can remember. Concrete is the more old-fashioned pavement option; whereas asphalt is the equivalent of that popular high-school cheerleader everyone wants to be friends with. But that’s not to say concrete pavement isn’t charming. It is. But we can’t gloss over the fact that with the help of technology, asphalt pavement has proven to be a much stronger contender!
But why does it matter anyway?
If you are diving into a pavement project out in Elsa, Texas, it is crucial to know which pavement material will be suitable for your project. Sign up at D&J Site Construction LLC to learn more about which paving material will best meet your project’s needs!
Here are two factors you should keep in mind:
Is It Climate-Friendly?
Depending on the climate your project is taking place in, your selection of pavement material will vary. If you are located in a cooler part of the world where your pavement’s surface will be exposed to snow and thin layers of ice, asphalt is your best option
Using concrete in snowy, icy regions will cause big troubles for your driveways and parking lots. Concrete doesn’t do well under cool temperatures. It expands, contracts, and eventually breaks into large cracks and potholes. These cracks leave your paved surfaces exposed and invite frost heaves to accumulate, further damaging your road or parking lot’s surface over time!
Living in a cool climate means snow will gather on your pavement surface. And what do we do to melt away thick, white blankets of snow? Salt. Now, this is where the problem begins. Concrete and salt don’t go together. At all. You can say that they are sworn, enemies.
The regular tossing of large amounts of salt on snow will cause your concrete surface to deteriorate and break apart into pieces.
The good news, however, is that asphalt doesn’t succumb to snow, ice, and everything that comes along with a cool climate. The asphalt material absorbs heat incredibly well, causing in a speedier snow-melting process as compared to concrete. With an asphalt pavement, you can be positive about having your roads and driveways looking brand new even after decades of wear and tear!
And as much as we love rooting for asphalt, it does have its fair share of pros and cons. Concrete does not do well at all under a cool atmosphere but the opposite is true when it is used under Elsa, Texas‘ hot weather. If you opt for asphalt in a hotter setting, your pavement will soften and make your pavement’s surface oily and slippery.
Is It Easy To Install and Maintain?
The reason why asphalt is the preferred choice for pavement contractors is because of how easy it is to install and maintain as opposed to concrete. With much thanks to advanced technology, asphalt pavement doesn’t require resurfacing from scratch.
If your pavement, parking lot, road, or driveway needs to be revived back to life, applying a top layer of asphalt is sufficient and gets the job done in a matter of minutes. Concrete, on the other hand, needs to be deconstructed and requires paving a base layer, middle layer, and top layer to stay intact.
Maintenance wise, concrete succumbs to looking rough and worn-down a lot more quickly than asphalt. Asphalt is low-maintenance and its exterior can look spotless for the next two decades without requiring heavy-duty resurfacing and care.
And the final reason why asphalt wins our love once again is that it’s about 35% cheaper than concrete! You simply can’t lose when choosing asphalt!
If you are on the hunt for renewing your parking lot, road, or driveway, why not give our experts at D&J Site Construction LLC a call? We will tend to your queries and concerns related to your pavement’s resurfacing while keeping your budget in mind! Click here to get a free estimate today!