In the world of new construction surface paving, you will rarely find a debate as fierce as the side-by-side comparison of asphalt and concrete. Both camps swear by their product. For home or business owners in the Twin Cities, choosing between the two materials can be a difficult task. At Bituminous Roadways, we stand by asphalt and choose to use it for every project we undertake. Below we compare asphalt with concrete and discuss all the features and benefits of asphalt that make it the clear the choice.
Establishing the Criteria
When choosing between asphalt and concrete, it’s important to know what you are looking for and how it will benefit you in the long run. With that in mind, here are some key criteria:
● Cost of installation, materials, and labor
● Cost of maintenance and repairs
● Longevity and durability
● Design and surface retention
Upfront Costs: Materials and Labor
Let’s tackle the most important issue, first: cost. Since most home and business owners are always operating with tight budgets, both short and long-term costs are of utmost interest. A typical concrete driveway costs $3 to $10 per square foot in materials and labor to pave. By comparison, an asphalt driveway is more cost effective at just $2 to $5 per square foot in materials and labor.
Long-Term Costs: Maintenance and Repairs
Over a 20-year period, asphalt will require more maintenance and upkeep than concrete in order to retain its appearance and high-performance. The tradeoff, however, is that asphalt is easier to maintain and is less labor-intensive than concrete. In the long-term, you’ll spend less money taking care of an asphalt surface. To calculate the cost of asphalt for your project, check out Bituminous Roadways Asphalt Calculator.
Longevity and Durability.
On average, a concrete surface will last 30 years. Asphalt weighs in at a 20-year average lifespan. Concrete repairs, however, require far more money and labor to keep the heat, moisture, and UV-resistant. Whereas large sections asphalt can be patched, the same sections of concrete will often need to be replaced.
Design and Surface Retention
One of the asphalts best features is that is that it is available in a dark, rich surface. This means that it will show stains far less than concrete which usually comes in a light gray to white surface color. If you paint on an asphalt surface - i.e., a parking lot - the paint will retain its bright natural appearance and show up better on a layer of blacktop.
Asphalt Wins Out
Although concrete has its virtues, our contractors have found that asphalt out performs concrete in almost every category. It is a far greater investment for your Minnesota home or business. You will experience more savings, greater dependability, and less hassle pouring asphalt than you will concrete.
When you are ready to pave your brand new driveway, road, parking lot, or other hard surfaces, then contact the asphalt specialists at Bituminous Roadways. We offer a wide range of services that including brand new installation, ongoing maintenance, and full repair of all asphalt surfaces. Call us today at 651-686-7001. We’ll give you a free estimate on your upcoming project. We service both residential and commercial properties in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area.