Needless to say, there are a lot of materials that are used in the construction business. Among the most common are basic materials, such as steel, concrete, and asphalt. Each material has its own special uses, and you need to know when to use each one. When it comes to things like paving, for instance, you need to know when to use concrete and when to use asphalt. There are special circumstances that call for either, and knowing when to use each saves you a lot of money and trouble. Asphalt, for instance, is better for paving large surfaces, for a few reasons.
One of the best things about asphalt is that it is extremely affordable. This means that you can cover a fairly substantial area with asphalt, for a price that would not be feasible if you were to use any other material, such as concrete. This means that asphalt is ideal for a small business owner trying to pave a parking lot area. It is going to provide a much better place for customers to park than either a gravel lot or empty grass lot, and it signals to people that your business is a place to be taken seriously, in addition to the practical benefit of providing loyal customers with a guaranteed place to park. Not only that, you can potentially bring in even more new customers, by legitimizing your business in the public eye. All of this is why paving your new parking lot with asphalt is such a good idea.
There are many other applications of asphalt, though, too. What makes asphalt great for parking lots is also what makes it ideal for streets and roads, as well. The reason for this is the fact that asphalt can withstand the pressure of many vehicles driving on it. Over time, it may begin to crack and degrade, which is why some basic maintenance is required. That being said, maintaining an asphalt street, driveway or parking lot is not very costly. It is an inexpensive material to use in the first place, but it is similarly inexpensive to maintain. You may need to repave certain areas after a few years, but this is something that you can avoid if you invest in upkeep.
This comes to another key difference between concrete and asphalt. It is true that concrete can potentially last a lot longer than asphalt. This is because concrete is harder and is capable of withstanding even more pressure. That being said, concrete is not nearly as easy to repair and pave over, when it does have problems. This means that if you have a low budget for upkeep, you might still be better off with asphalt, since it is something that will cost you very little per year. Concrete will cost little per year, too, until it ends up needing repair. Then it will end up costing you quite a bit. Because of this, you definitely need to assess your needs before deciding on a building material.