Is an Asphalt Parking Lot a Better Choice Than Concrete?

Parking lot with new markings and cars

In many ways, your business parking lot is as important as your building. A well-maintained parking lot adds aesthetic value to your building and grounds and gives customers and employees a safe place to park. A parking lot that's cracked, stained, or showing other signs of deterioration sends a message, and it's not a good one.

If you're adding a new parking lot or upgrading an existing one, here's a look at why asphalt is the preferred choice of businesses everywhere.

Asphalt or Concrete?

You know you need a parking lot, but should you choose concrete or asphalt? Consider these facts.

  1. Asphalt is faster and less expensive to install. Depending on the size, an asphalt parking lot or driveway can be installed and ready for use in as little as two days. Concrete can takes longer, which leads to higher costs and could delay the opening of your business.
  2. Asphalt is long lasting. With regular maintenance, your asphalt parking lot can serve your business for twenty years or even longer. Seal coating, overlays, fresh pavement markings, and routine patching can keep your parking lot looking its best for years to come.
  3. Asphalt is a greener solution. From water drainage solutions to recycling, asphalt is easier on the environment than a concrete parking lot.
  4. Asphalt can withstand winter weather. Idaho's winter weather can give your parking lot a real workout. Concrete parking lots are more susceptible to damage from frost heaves, contraction, and expansion from freezing temperatures, and damage caused by salt. Asphalt can withstand cold weather, is not affected by ice melt products, and the dark color absorbs more sunlight for better natural ice and snow melt.

Are you ready for a new parking lot or need to repair an existing one? Contact us at Pavement Specialties of Idaho for expert assistance today!

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