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The Earth is covered with many concrete and asphalt surfaces. Both materials create strong infrastructure, but they also possess their own unique benefits—and pitfalls. Check out this comparison of the benefits of asphalt and concrete.
Asphalt is a sustainable pavement made from a mixture of aggregates, binder, and filler that’s most commonly used for parking lots, driveways, and paving over concrete roads. Its semi-solid form makes it easily recyclable, meaning you can remelt existing asphalt for different projects. As such, it’s a highly cost-effective option for construction. Transporting, mixing, and laying asphalt are all faster processes compared to those for concrete, making asphalt a more suitable material for rural or expansive jobs.
Caring for asphalt is extremely straightforward—unlike with concrete, nearly every repair can be conducted on the surface level. Asphalt roads are less likely to suffer from shifting, and they offer more traction for vehicles. Additionally, asphalt is superior at absorbing sunlight and keeping heat away from buildings and homes.
Concrete is more durable than asphalt, typically lasting for 20 to 40 years. This longevity makes this material very suitable for urban development, especially on city streets. Concrete can withstand the punishment of heavy traffic, oil spills, and salt. It’s also less reactive to UV rays than asphalt.
Like asphalt, concrete is 100 percent recyclable, and it can be implemented into other projects, saving on construction costs. Concrete is less portable than asphalt, but it does require less heavy machinery (specifically for large-scale jobs), which saves on fuel costs and reduces ecological effects.
If you’re looking to build strong roads for transporting lots of traffic, then concrete is the best option. However, it’s wise to use asphalt for paving all other surfaces, such as parking lots and driveways. It’s a cost-effective option for these small projects, and it doesn’t need extreme maintenance regularly. And when maintenance is needed, the process is quick and affordable.
If your business needs the right gear for asphalt repairs, check out our collection of asphalt repair products and other items here at NAC Supply.
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