Should You Choose Asphalt or Concrete For Paving?

Should You Choose Asphalt or Concrete For Paving?

Hard-surface pavements all over Tampa, Florida, are typically constructed from cement concrete or hot-mix asphalt.

Over the years, asphalt has become the material of choice for most paving projects. However, concrete is still used widely, and many property owners still prefer concrete over cement. Both materials are durable and can withstand decades of wear and tear with routine maintenance.

So which one should you choose for pavement construction? Should you go with asphalt or concrete?

A lot depends on your budget and preferences. If you want to consult experts, click here to reach out to The Resource Pavement Group.

But if you want to learn more about the two construction materials, continue reading as we offer an overview of the features and benefits of asphalt and concrete.

Asphalt

Asphalt pavements are constructed layer by layer with a hot bituminous surface. You can have your asphalt pavement constructed over natural soils, a stabilized subgrade, or a gravel base layer.  These pavements are called ‘flexible’ because the structure flexes when subject to traffic loads.

Benefits of Asphalt

There are several reasons why you can choose asphalt pavements:

  • Lower Initial Cost

Asphalt pavements have lower construction costs, which is beneficial for both residential and commercial property owners.

  • Easy Maintenance

Asphalt pavements are easy to maintain. You can perform routine maintenance without putting your pavement out of use for long.

  • Durability

Most importantly, asphalt pavement can easily last two decades with proper maintenance.

There are other benefits as well that you can consider. For instance, asphalt pavements create lower traffic noise, and they offer a smoother ride.

Let us now check out the benefits of using concrete for pavement construction.

Concrete

Concrete pavements are constructed on concrete poured over natural soils. Compared to asphalt, concrete pavements are ‘rigid,’ in that they remain stiff when subject to traffic loads.

Benefits of Concrete Pavements

Despite the popularity of asphalt, many property owners still prefer concrete pavements for the following reasons:

  • Lower Long-term Cost

While the initial cost of concrete construction is higher than asphalt, the long-term price is the same, if not lower, than asphalt.

  • Ideal for heavy loads

Concrete is ideal for roads, parking lots, and loading areas where you expect heavy traffic. The stiffness of the concrete can withstand these heavy loads without incurring much damage.

  • Low Maintenance

Asphalt surfaces are easier to maintain, but in some cases, whole patches have to be replaced to rectify the damage. Concrete pavements, on the other hand, reduce the need for routine maintenance. And even when maintenance is required, it is usually smaller in scope.

Concrete also reduces the risk of vehicles hydroplaning since there is less chance of water accumulating on the pavement (unless of course, you have underlying drainage problems). Moreover, concrete can be colored into a pattern that increases the aesthetic appeal of your property.

This was a snapshot of the benefits of both concrete and asphalt pavements. You should make your choice based on your budget as well as the lifespan you want to achieve.

If you reside in Tampa, Florida, you can always reach out to The Resource Pavement Group for customized paving solutions. Click here to learn more about our services.