Asphalt or concrete? They are the two most common paving materials used today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. If you are planning out a paving project and need to pick a material, you should be aware of the differences between the two.
Concrete: Strong and Versatile
Concrete is a mixture of water, cement, and fine stone, which one pours into a mold and allows it to dry into a very hard surface. It is extremely strong and can handle heavy weight over time without becoming cracked or damaged. This makes it ideal for areas where large machines are expected to operate, or where heavy items such as dumpsters or shipping containers will be places. Therefore, is a great material for loading docks or industrial facilities.
Other advantages of concrete include a tendency to reflect heat, rather than absorb it. Concrete is also often considered more aesthetically pleasing. One can be stamp or dye it to achieve visually interesting effects. Concrete makes up most sidewalks and many driveways.
Asphalt: Durable and Affordable
On the other hand, asphalt consists of gravel and tar, which one must heat and mix before being pouring onto the desired surface. Asphalt is highly durable and resistant to wear and tear, a characteristic which can be enhanced by adding a quality sealcoat. This makes asphalt an excellent choice for high-traffic areas, including roads and parking lots.
Asphalt is often more cost-effective than concrete. The initial pouring is relatively inexpensive, and repairs cost less because you can patch spots without replacing the entire slab. This means that when paving large areas, asphalt is often desirable.
Making the Decision
Many facility managers choose to use some combination of asphalt and concrete for large-scale paving projects. When trying to decide which material is the best option, you may also benefit from a consultation with a professional. Contact NVM Paving & Concrete at (703) 372-9335 today to learn more about the differences between asphalt and concrete.