Whether you are trying to choose a surface for your new driveway or fixing up the parking lot of your business, asphalt paving is a great choice. Here are four reasons that you should consider asphalt instead of concrete in order to create a functional and great looking driveway, road, or patio.
If you are looking for a worry-free ground covering that you don't need to pay much attention to, look no further than asphalt. As opposed to concrete that only lasts 12-15 years on average, asphalt generally lasts 15-20 years with proper care and maintenance.
Asphalt is simple to install, and doesn't rely heavily on proper mixing unlike concrete. Unfortunately, failure to mix concrete with the right proportions can lead the ground covering to flake apart, which makes it deteriorate quickly.
Because asphalt is comprised of crushed rocks glued together with a strong binder, it is a durable covering that is not susceptible to problems. Asphalt is less likely than concrete to crack, because the binder provides a flexible bridge in between all aggregate particles; unlike asphalt that is poured in entire slabs.
2: Easy To Fix
When concrete has problems, it usually cannot be easily repaired. Problems with slabs or giant cracks usually require homeowners to hire professional contractors in order to break out the entire area and re-pour the cement. Asphalt, on the other hand, is easy to fix.
Small cracks can be filled with canned rubberized cement and a small trowel, and potholes or larger cracks can be quickly filled with pre-mixed bags of ready to pour asphalt. After the pre-mixed asphalt is poured into cracks or holes, a light tamper will create a smooth, even surface in a jiffy that will bond tightly with the surrounding area.
When cost is a concern, asphalt is always a better choice. On average, asphalt costs about 45% less than concrete, which represents a significant savings to homeowners. In addition to asphalt costing less to install, it also costs less to maintain.
Because you can easily perform fixes to asphalt on your own with absolutely no prior paving experience, it significantly cuts down on maintenance costs. Concrete, on the other hand, requires much more effort to rip out, install, or repair, and expensive professional contractors are almost always needed to do the job.
In addition to the materials costing much less, installation and labor costs associated with asphalt are cheaper. Asphalt cures much faster, which allows construction workers to complete roadwork in a fraction of the time that it would take to install concrete. According to a study done by one state highway department, asphalt contractors were able to lay 10 times more asphalt than concrete contractors working for the same amount of time. The properties of asphalt can save you immense amounts of time, money, and hassle.
4: Noise Reduction
In addition to costing less, being easy to fix, and lasting for a long time, asphalt has also been found to absorb sound. Rubberized asphalt can reduce road noise by 7-9 decibels on average, so if you are looking for a way to quiet your long driveway or absorb the racket from your kids playing basketball, asphalt installation is a great way to do it.
Unlike concrete that allows sound waves to bounce off of the surface and amplify sound, the rubbery binding between the asphalt aggregates absorbs noise, quieting streets, driveways, or sports courts. Seven to nine decibels might not sound like much, but if you value your quiet time asphalt might be just what the doctor ordered.
Asphalt can help to provide you with a functional and beautiful ground covering that will last for many years to come.