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Asphalt vs Concrete

8/9/2019
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Deciding between asphalt and concrete can be a confusing dilemma. There are pros and cons to using each material. Below, we will try to help you sort through the differences with some helpful information.
 
Climate is the first thing to consider. Where Winter is cold and brutal, asphalt would be the most conducive material for this type of climate. Asphalt driveways, parking lots, and roads hold up much better than concrete in these elements. Concrete does not do well with the expansion and contraction due to the extreme temperature variations. The use of salt on concrete also causes it to deteriorate.
 
The opposite would be true for warmer climates. Asphalt may soften and become oily with consistent extreme temperatures over 100 degrees. Additional pros of using concrete are that it is easier to stamp and decorate and may last a few years longer than asphalt.
 
Asphalt overall is smooth, strong and durable. It is flexible, less prone to cracking and does not show oil stains. It dries very quickly so you can drive on it shortly after it is set. Asphalt is also easier to repair and resurface than concrete. Another important fact is that asphalt is less costly than concrete.
 
All-in-all, when you are deciding between concrete and asphalt in Macomb County, the pros of asphalt well outweigh the cons and it is the most cost-effective option you can choose. 
 
So if you’re in the market for an asphalt driveway, parking lot or road, call Total Asphalt Paving at 586-221-3293 or reach out to us on the contact form on our website for more information or a free estimate.