When trying to decide on what material to use to build a new parking lot, or replace an existing one, your two main choices are going to be asphalt and concrete. While concrete is a perfectly fine material to consider, asphalt does have a few advantages that concrete cannot match. Asphalt is a great choice if your want something durable, flexible, and good for cold weather.
One of the biggest advantages provided by asphalt is its durability. With an asphalt parking lot, you do not have to worry about your customers or clients dropping heavy items onto the ground and potentially cracking or chipping the asphalt. In addition, you do not have to worry about heavy vehicles cracking the asphalt over time if they are parked in your lot for long periods of time.
With a concrete parking lot, a sharp impact or long-term exposure to heavy vehicles can cause extensive cracking or cause existing cracks to get larger. In addition, if you were to have a damaged concrete parking lot, it can be difficult to repair as you will often have to replace whole sections of the lot to deal with the damage. If someone does manage to damage your asphalt parking lot, you can simply have the damaged portion patched rather than replacing large sections of the lot.
Another great advantage provided by asphalt is that the material can actually flex if it is exposed to ground movement, heavy vehicles, or if something is dropped on it. This is especially useful if you are located in an area where the ground may be settling as the asphalt will flex with the movement of the ground, which makes it much less likely that the surface of your parking lot will crack. With a concrete driveway, any shifting in the ground can potentially lead to a lot of cracking.
Finally, asphalt is a fantastic material to consider if you are located somewhere that gets a lot of snow or ice. This is because the asphalt parking lot can absorb the light from the sun and heat up, which will cause the snow and ice on your parking lot to melt faster. This will not only make the parking lot safer for your visitors, but it can also cut down on the amount of snow removal that you will have to deal with.
Speak to a paving contractor today in order to see if asphalt is a good fit for your parking lot. Asphalt can provide you with great cold weather performance, durability, and flexibility. For more information, contact a business such as Hals Construction.