There are many differences between asphalt paving services and concrete paving services. If you are considering road, driveway, or parking lot paving, it is essential to consider the differences in paving processes.
In the past, concrete paving was preferred for parking lots and road paving. However, that has changed over the years, and now asphalt is the preferred method for paving these surfaces.
Experts offer you an inside look at the processes used in concrete and asphalt paving in Lone, CA, the features they both provide, and the benefits they offer.
Concrete paving consists of a mixture of sand, cement, and crushed rock aggregate. Cement works to bind the concrete that holds together the crushed rock and sand aggregate as the mixture dries. Concrete is an unforgiving and stiff, solid substance once set. Unfortunately, concrete paving is prone to breakage and cracks if the foundation beneath it is not a perfectly smooth surface.
Though asphalt is also created using a crushed rock and sand aggregate, the binder is quite different. A crude oil-based sticky substance called bitumen is used as the binding agent in asphalt paving. First, asphalt is kept hot and applied to a layer of much heavier aggregate to begin the process of building a driveway or parking lot. Next, crews work quickly to press down the hot asphalt material onto the base with a steamroller. Asphalt surfaces harden and become strong enough to handle heavy vehicle traffic once cooled. Asphalt is highly durable and rugged but still offers flexibility to withstand underlying surface imperfections, unlike concrete paving.
Asphalt has numerous advantages over concrete for paving projects. For example, replacing and removing damaged asphalt is quite a simple process compared to replacing and removing concrete. Another advantage is that asphalt is the number one recycled material in the US. Because it is wholly recyclable, it is rarely sent to the landfill and is instead used for other paving projects.
Concrete paving projects tend to be far more expensive and take much longer to open to traffic than projects completed using asphalt paving. In addition, maintaining and repairing asphalt surfaces is less costly, faster, and more accessible than repairing and maintaining concrete pavement. In many cases, you can often repair the minor cracks in asphalt surfaces so easily that it only takes one experienced individual to complete the job in as little as an afternoon. Asphalt maintenance and repairs also increase the asphalt surface's life and save money in the future.
Even when asphalt requires more extensive repairs, solutions to the problem still require less money and time than needed to repair and replace cement surfaces. In most cases, damaged concrete requires complete removal and replacement when cracks become a problem. On the other hand, you can resurface asphalt at a fraction of the cost and time required for concrete paving.
Asphalt paving offers advantages over concrete in nearly every project, whether a new installation, maintenance services, or repair services.
Contact us today for more information on asphalt paving in Lone, CA. We have the experience and expertise to excel in all of your asphalt paving needs.