Asphalt and concrete are very different materials with their own advantages and applications.
Choosing between asphalt or concrete paving depends on your project and your preferences. Understanding each material’s strengths can help you make the right choice from the start.
Asphalt is easily recognizable due to its dark black appearance and semi-flexible qualities. But what separates asphalt from concrete?
In general, asphalt:
- Is less expensive to install than concrete, making it suitable for larger scale projects or tighter budgets.
- Is faster and easier to install than concrete – you can drive on an asphalt road or driveway a day after installation or less.
- Is simpler to repair and maintain than concrete.
Asphalt is a popular choice for large parking lots, long driveways and public road surfaces. It can also be sealed using an asphalt sealant to increase its durability and protect it from wear.
While asphalt has many uses, concrete is still a popular choice for many projects. Its incredible toughness and low maintenance needs make concrete popular for homeowners and businesses alike.
In general, concrete:
- Is more expensive than asphalt, but also usually lasts longer before needing replaced.
- Is more durable than asphalt, especially in locations with lots of temperature fluctuation or rainfall.
- Needs less maintenance than asphalt – usually just an occasional wash with a pressure washer or concrete cleaner.
Concrete is well-suited for driveways, curbs and footpaths as well as roadways that aren’t as heavily trafficked. If you do choose concrete for your driveway or road surface, you should know that it’s not as easy to repair and can be stained by oil or gas.
Which One is Right for You?
If you’re still struggling to choose between asphalt and concrete for your paving project, we can help. Our professional asphalt and concrete contractors at A1 Professional Asphalt and Sealing will review your needs and help you decide which material suits them best. Contact us today to learn more and get the information you need for your paving project.