Choose Asphalt Paving Over Concrete
For centuries, concrete was the most popular paving material in the world. Many people know that Roman roads were paved with concrete, but fewer people realize that archaeologists have found remnants of concrete pavement pre-dating the Roman Empire by more than 3,000 years. However, concrete’s reign as the king of all pavements has come to an end. In the United States, approximately 95 percent of all paved roads feature asphalt pavement, and it has become the most popular choice for parking lots as well. You will also find asphalt pavement on the runways of airports that range from private fields to busy international hubs. The popularity of asphalt pavement has led many people to wonder why asphalt has become the most common paving material for projects of all sizes.
Choose Asphalt Paving Over Concrete – Why Asphalt Works!
Asphalt Pavement is More Attractive
New asphalt pavement has a dark, luxurious color that many people find more attractive than concrete. Should the color fade, it can be restored by applying fresh sealcoating. Oil leaks and similar stains are less obvious on asphalt than concrete. In addition, pavement markings are more visible against asphalt’s black background.
Asphalt Paving can Provide Substantial Savings
On a typical installation, asphalt reduces initial costs by at least 30 percent, and on some projects, the savings can reach 45 to 50 percent. Repair costs are also much less for asphalt pavement than concrete.
Asphalt Takes Less Time to Install or Repair
Constructing forms, installing rebar and pouring concrete takes time. However, the major delay is waiting for the concrete to dry; this can take up to a week. Asphalt pavement can be ready for traffic in as little as 24 hours. Whether building a new parking lot or repairing one area of a busy street, traffic can have access to an area paved with asphalt than a similar area paved with concrete.
Asphalt Pavement is Surprisingly Forgiving
When properly installed and correctly maintained, asphalt pavement provides a very flexible surface. It can withstand repeated cycles of freezing and thawing, minor ground movements and summertime expansions; all of these can crack concrete or force sections of concrete pavement out of place.
Contact Us for More Information
Dirtworks is a full-service asphalt contractor serving the Cape Cod area. We have been providing our customers with superior asphalt paving and repair services for more than 20 years. In addition to our asphalt-related services, we also offer excavations, site work, snow removal and demolitions. We offer free estimates; just call 508-240-5541 or submit the online form.