Why You Should Construct a New Parking Lot with Concrete, Not Asphalt

Several factors make concrete the superior choice over asphalt for your next parking lot installation project.

concrete parking lot””As concrete producers and suppliers, we at Razorback Concrete understand your need for an affordable and durable material that creates an effective end product. Most parking lots are made of either concrete or asphalt with varying results. While many business owners and developers rely on asphalt in construction today, there are so many more reasons why a concrete parking lot is the better choice.

Cost

The vast majority of concrete materials are produced from local aggregates and depend much less on international or environmental imports. While asphalt prices can fluctuate wildly as oil prices and foreign exchange rates change, concrete is more predictable and overall more cost-effective. Asphalt shortages are also becoming increasingly common, which leads to higher prices.

Ease of Installation

Asphalt requires higher temperatures to install than concrete, limiting the window for construction to the spring and summer months. Concrete can tolerate colder temperatures, making it possible to install concrete parking lots in the fall and winter.

Sustainability

Concrete is naturally a very versatile and comparable environmentally friendly product. A variety of materials can be recycled to form concrete, including concrete itself, coal slag, fly ash, and other accessible resources. Additionally, using porous pervious concrete in parking lot construction promotes natural groundwater recharging without straining drainage systems by naturally filtering rain, snow, and other water sources.

Asphalt, on the other hand, can leak toxic chemicals and oils when exposed to heavy rain or melting snow. These harmful substances flow into sewers and can contaminate public water supplies. Studies also show that one inch of concrete offers more durability than one inch of asphalt. In effect, concrete requires less excavation, materials, and labor to achieve the same level of performance as asphalt.

Ease of Maintenance

Concrete is incredibly resilient and a professionally installed concrete parking lot can weather traffic and the elements for fifty years or more. In essence, maintenance of concrete usually refers to no more than a quick rinse with pressurized water and a coat of sealant.

In contrast, asphalt can quickly rut and deform with heavy use and hot or inclement weather. Once cracks or ditches form, water can pool, resulting in additional damage to passing vehicles. Maintaining asphalt often requires spending additional money hiring professional contractors and closing off an area for several days or weeks for repairs.

Temperature Regulation

We can all recall standing in the punishing heat of an asphalt parking lot in the summer. Due to its light color, concrete helps keep surface temperatures cooler by reflecting the heat of the sun. This also causes rain flowing across a concrete parking lot to be cooler than an asphalt one.

Brightness and Aesthetics

Because concrete reflects light, concrete parking lots require less additional lighting than asphalt lots. Studies show that concrete parking lots can achieve the same level of visibility with nearly one-third fewer lights.

Over time, this adds up to significant savings on light pole installation, maintenance, and electricity supply. During the daytime, concrete parking lots also tend to be more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt. To further add to the appeal, concrete mixtures can be produced in many colors or patterns using stains and stamps.

Concrete is as versatile and durable as it is cost-effective. When compared to the results you can expect with asphalt, in our opinion the choice is clear. Contact Razorback Concrete to obtain a quote for a concrete parking lot project today at 870-455-0700.

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