One of the most frequently asked parking lot-related questions is what material is better, asphalt or concrete? And the answer is simply — there is no absolute right answer. If you’re preparing to update your parking lot, there are advantages of both materials to consider. Our team put together a list of the major factors.
Concrete parking lots do well in areas where the weather is constantly hot. The light color of concrete helps the material to stay cooler than the black color of asphalt. Concrete lots hold a long lifespan and require a relatively low level of maintenance. You may need a joint sealing from time to time and an annual cleaning. Concrete parking lots also allow for more design options than asphalt — both color and texture are customizable.
Asphalt parking lots are usually laid and ready to use in a matter of days, depending on the size of the project. The quick installation also makes asphalt a more affordable option. Some types of asphalt help with drainage, allowing water to pass through the pavement into the soil below. While asphalt does require upkeep, the proper maintenance will keep your pavement looking new for a long time. This makes asphalt parking lots very cost-effective in the long run.
We hope this information helps you in your quest for the perfect parking lot. Here at Seal Pros Hawaii we do it all — concrete pouring, asphalt paving, seal coating, striping, slurry sealing — the list goes on. Upload your project plans to our website and we’ll get back to you in no time at all!