There is a never-ending debate in the paving industry about which type of pavement is better asphalt or concrete. If you really want to know the truth we believe that both have room in the industry. That is one of the reasons that both asphalt paving, as well as concrete paving, are still being continuously used today. That being said, we know that you are probably reading this hoping that we tell you which one we think is better. We mostly work with asphalt and the reason that we do that is that we believe that it can cover a wide array of areas for a lower price!
Overall concrete is going to be more expensive than asphalt. It is almost a two to one difference. There is a reason for that. The process that comes with building concrete is usually going to be a lot more extensive. Requiring all sorts of machines at least if you want to get things done right. With asphalt, you are going to be able to get through the paving process a lot quicker. We could get the procedure done without heavy duty machinery. All of this allows us and other companies to offer lower prices.
If we said that when it comes to the price tag concrete was double the cost of asphalt the same is going to be true, about durability. Concrete is going to last usually a lot more than what asphalt could last. Here is where things even out in our opinion. Theoretically, you could use up so to speak, two asphalt driveways before you have to replace a concrete structure. How far ahead do you want to plan though? You could get an asphalt structure done and pay for upkeep for the better part of 10 years for less money than what a concrete structure would cost.
Asphalt Is Better Against Soil Erosion
There are certain areas where we will be getting an excessive level of soil erosion. These types of circumstances can make it difficult to be able to build any type of structure. Asphalt can expand a lot more than concrete. Concrete will tend to crack if the ground below it is continuously shifting. Asphalt on the underhand won’t crack as easily. Plus, even if you have an issue with asphalt you will be able to repair it at a lower cost and a heck of a lot quicker.
Concrete Is Better Under Excesive Pressure
If you are going to be building a driveway or any type of path for that matter, that is going to be used by heavy-duty vehicles constantly concrete could be the better option. You really won’t have to make many adjustments to concrete structures even if you are going to be putting them under a lot of pressure. That said if you have an asphalt surface there are different things that you can do like applying a seal to make it more compact. This will allow it to hold up better. Find out much more details about us.