Asphalt versus concrete parking lots – What is the difference?
When it is time to put in or redo a parking lot there is always a debate about what material should be used, asphalt or concrete.
Now searching on this subject brings up a lot of sites that give you the positive benefits of concrete and very few by the proponents of asphalt. the first site I would direct you to provides pretty good explanations and isn’t too one sided. (http://www.concreteparkinglots.com/faq.asp)
However there has to be some advantage for asphalt as it is certainly the product of choice for approximately 90% of the roads nationwide. Those advantages are cost, asphalt is significantly cheaper and the ability and ease of repair. Asphalt is significantly easier to repair than concrete. (http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/502588.html?nav=5003)
However with the rising costs of oil, the cost of asphalt is also rising such that concrete’s life cycle and even actual installed cost is becoming a much better price comparison.
For my money I would always recommend concrete for parking lots and private streets if the building budget can afford it as the long and relatively maintenance free life cycle pays off in the long run.
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