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Why Asphalt Over Concrete?

Whether you’re installing a new driveway or upgrading your parking lot, it can be challenging to choose between the two most common go-to materials - concrete and asphalt.


As an average person, you may not be able to identify the major distinctions between these two. While both have their pros and cons, asphalt stands out for several reasons, including:



It’s easier to repair asphalt

As your pavement ages, it begins showing signs of wear and tear, such as cracks and potholes. Purchasing crack sealants in home improvement stores to repair small cracks is an option for asphalt, which won’t work for concrete pavements.


For severe damages to asphalt pavement, resurfacing can restore the brand new look and condition for a fraction of the original cost, unlike concrete that cannot be resurfaced.


Asphalt is ideal for cold winters

Asphalt is better suited for paving in Pennsylvania as it can handle fluctuations in temperature better than concrete. Additionally, scaling, spalling, and cracking are common issues with concrete in very harsh winters.


Asphalt holds up very well in winter, and even if issues surface due to unrepaired damages and improper installation, asphalt is easier to repair.


Faster installation and usability

Asphalt can be installed quickly. Depending on your project size, your asphalt pavement can be laid in 2 days and can be ready for use in 2 days.


On the other hand, concrete can take between 2 to 4 days to install and about 30 days to cure its to full strength. You’ll not be able to drive on your pavement until about seven days after installation.


Melts snow faster

Asphalt’s black color makes it ideal for winter as its natural heat absorbing and retaining capabilities help melt snow faster than concrete pavements.


This will help keep your road and pavements free of snow after storms and ensure residences and commercial settings are safer.



Asphalt is cheaper

Compared to concrete, asphalt is less costly. Constructing your driveway, parking lots, and other pavements with asphalt will save you money.


For further information on reasons you should choose asphalt over concrete or discussion on your next asphalt project, connect with us today!