It is not always easy to know the best or most efficient way to complete any given building project. Nonetheless, by analyzing various factors, such as building costs and longevity, you can make an informed decision as to how to best go about executing the project. For instance, sometimes using one building material over another can save you a large amount of money. That being said, you also need to consider maintenance costs, safety, upkeep and a variety of other factors, which can affect costs, in the long run. Even relatively simple things like parking lots require a lot of thought, and even they can be made of different materials. The big question when putting in a parking lot is whether to use asphalt or concrete. Overall, asphalt is probably the more efficient and economical option, and there are several reasons why that is true.
Asphalt is an extremely useful and affordable building material, and it is something that many construction contractors use on a regular basis. While it is true that concrete is more versatile for building an array of different structures, asphalt is much less costly and easier to pave with. The big difference, in terms of versatility is the fact that concrete can be used in vertical structures, and is capable of supporting more pressure from the sides. In terms of flat pavement, though, both are strong enough to support the weight of large vehicles. That is why most roads and streets are paved with asphalt, rather than concrete. Asphalt is a lot less costly, particularly if you are trying to cover a very large area, such as a street. A big difference between the two is their composition. Concrete is made of cement and small rocks, pebbles and sand. Asphalt, on the other hand, is made of tar and small rocks, pebbles and sand. This means that they both are made of the same components, other than the adhesive which holds them all together. That being said, the adhesive makes a big difference in the structure of the finished product, as well as how it is used, during the paving process.
The process of construction is another way in which asphalt and concrete are different, which is why different contractors prefer different materials. In terms of cost, there is no comparison. Asphalt is typically significantly less expensive. This means that if you have the option of using either one, you are likely going to choose asphalt, since it will save you a lot of money on materials. Asphalt is something that is easy to produce, and it does not involve any costly resources. Because of this, it is easy for contractors to pave large ares, without blowing their whole budget on materials. The other factor that makes asphalt more efficient is the fact that it takes less time to work with than concrete. This is to say that asphalt paving takes less time than trying to pave an equivalent area with concrete, which saves even more money.