Is Asphalt Pavement a Good Option?

The first step in planning a parking space construction project is to choose between concrete and asphalt. While concrete exceeds asphalt’s compressive strength, the latter exhibits a number of qualities that are more appropriate for parking pavement use than that of concrete. For instance, due to asphalt’s elasticity, it can take on moving loads without easily cracking.

Economy

Asphalt and its installation is known to be less costly than concrete. The average cost of asphalt pavement installation ranges from $2.50 to $4.00 per square foot, while a concrete pavement installation may cost $15 per square foot. Looking at these estimates, one can easily tell which option is more economical.

Safety

The smoothness of asphalt, which is not easily achieved with concrete, provides vehicles with better resistance to skidding. In effect, vehicle tires receive very little friction. When it comes to providing visual distinction between road markings, asphalt clearly wins because of its darker color that creates a more pronounced contrast with painted markings.

Quick Installation and Use

While concrete pavements require several days or weeks to cure, asphalt pavements only take a few hours to be ready for use. This makes asphalt a more efficient option, especially for businesses that cannot afford long service interruptions. Regular maintenance of asphalt pavement likewise won’t disrupt business operations to a significant degree.

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