Asphalt and concrete are probably the two most common types of pavement used for several projects, such as driveways, parking lots, roads, sidewalks, home garages, walkways, sidewalks, curbs, patios, etc.
Both materials (asphalt and concrete) are beneficial in their own ways and have various pros and cons that should be considered before they are ultimately decided on for a specific project that you may have in mind for your home or workspace. Therefore, we will be reviewing what the various benefits of asphalt and concrete are so that when it comes down to the time for you to choose one or the other for your next big project, you will be confident about your choice and know how to go about maintaining your asphalt or concrete as well.
Benefits of Asphalt
94% of US roads are paved with asphalt, and for good reason. Asphalt pavements are:
Asphalt pavement provides a high level of skid resistance and a high contrast in color between the black asphalt pavement and white and yellow road markers, which gives drivers better road visibility in any condition of weather they might be driving in.
Additionally, asphalt’s dark color melts snow and ice much more rapidly than all the other pavement types because its dark color is prone to absorbing heat. Additionally, open-graded asphalt is able to minimize splash during rainstorms— ultimately reducing crashes and fatalities on highways. Asphalt pavement also eliminates potentially life-threatening and expensive pavement blowups.
Asphalt pavements are a much more uniform surface, unmatched by other types of pavements. Smooth roads are safer because uneven surfaces decrease driver’s control when driving, increasing the driver fatigue they experience.
Additionally, smooth asphalt roads lessen rolling resistance (i.e. the friction caused when tires drive over the pavement), which ultimately means better fuel economy and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Being environmentally friendly is always a plus!
Roadway noise can be an annoying distraction both in your car and at home. Asphalt roads assist in the reduction of highway noise by as much as seven decibels.
Additionally, streets made of asphalt reduce the need for costly sound barriers, which often exceed $2 million per mile.
Pretty Low Maintenance
Asphalt only requires that cracks and potholes be filled and patched up as soon as possible, and a seal coat can be added to its surface as needed.
Additional benefits of asphalt
- Asphalt is 100% recyclable
- Very cost-efficient
- Asphalt projects do not take long to be completed
- Asphalt is beneficial for surfaces that are prone to water drainage issues
- Asphalt is typically a good choice when you have the safety of vehicles in mind, making it traveler and business-friendly
Benefits of Concrete
Lowest Carbon Footprint
Concrete’s unmatched durability, recyclability, and energy efficiency— in tandem with industry innovations like lower carbon Portland-limestone cement, i.e. Contempra— all contribute to its status as the lowest carbon-building material over the entire lifecycle of pavement or a structure.
Strong and Durable
Concrete lasts for decades longer than other building materials—actually getting stronger over time. This equals the reduction of the total cost of ownership, in addition to the environmental impact related to more frequent reconstruction or rehabilitation.
Concrete doesn’t rot, rust, or burn. Its resistance to fire, wind, water, vibrations, and earthquakes keeps people safer and reduces costs related to any sort of damage. When it comes to the aftermath of extreme weather conditions, concrete structures have proven themselves to be the most resilient. Therefore, due to concrete’s durability, the only maintenance required is sealing when necessary.
Additional benefits of concrete
- Concrete, believe it or not, is extremely resilient to the elements
- Concrete is great at absorbing and retaining heat, making it highly beneficial for cutting the costs of heating and cooling in nearby buildings (energy efficient)
- Highly resistant to wind and water damage
- Concrete is versatile and low maintenance
- Can be locally sourced and recycled (environmentally friendly)
Now that you know what the various characteristics of asphalt and concrete are, we hope this information helped you to get a better idea of their differences and the multiple benefits that they provide. Both can be a great option for different projects, depending on the project’s needs and environment. We at All American Paving & Sealcoating are proud to specialize in a variety of commercial and residential asphalt paving, seal coating, and concrete services by employing a team of dependable, well-trained, and experienced asphalt paving contractors and concrete contractors that will give you the quality asphalt paving job or concrete job you deserve. Their extensive knowledge and excellent standing in the asphalt paving and concrete industry will be sure to show when designing, installing, or maintaining your asphalt paving or concrete project. Affordable pricing, excellent customer service, trustworthiness, expertise, the best safety protocols, and craftsmanship quality are what our business runs on.
If you have any further questions regarding the differences between asphalt and concrete, their benefits, how each one might do in the project you have in mind, our prices, or the other services we provide (such as new construction paving, parking lot paving, parking lot repair, parking lot seal coating, and concrete parking services), please do not hesitate to contact us! We also offer free estimates for your convenience. We look forward to speaking with you soon to make your pavement dreams come true.