When it comes to paving commercial driveways, loading docks, and parking lots, you have a lot of options. You can choose from gravel, concrete, asphalt, and even a mix of all of the above. However, not all options are created equal. Companies prefer asphalt paving for the lower maintenance and the higher-end look.
Asphalt is also more flexible and produces less road noise. If your business requires a quiet environment, such as an apartment building or law firm, this is an important consideration. Here’s what else you need to know before making a decision.
It Lasts a Long Time
Concrete is asphalt’s top contender, and while they are both great options, asphalt beats out concrete when it comes to a very important factor; lifespan. With regular maintenance, you can expect to get up to 20 years with an asphalt lot. The best thing you can do for your asphalt pavements is to invest in sealcoating. While sealcoating serves as a protective layer, cracks and holes may still arise, if you want the most out of your pavement, be sure to get these issues fixed in a timely manner.
Pedestrians and Drivers Stay Safe
You may notice you rarely come across concrete on the roadways. Beyond the occasional connecting bridge, the government relies on dark asphalt. Dark roads help motorists and pedestrians to better identify white and yellow markings. These help with maintaining lanes, stopping at the appropriate signs, and identifying crosswalks. The same will be true of your driveway or parking lot.
You Can Recycle the Materials
If you run a green business or want to help preserve the environment overall, note that used asphalt is as good as new asphalt. Recycling your asphalt saves you money on the cost of materials when repaving or expanding. It also helps to keep tons of asphalt from piling up in landfills.
If you’re still not sure whether asphalt is right for your business, talk to the experts. Contact NVM Paving & Concrete by calling 703-423-0471 or emailing us today for more information. We bring more than 25 years of experience in paving and concrete to the table to help you make the right decision.