CONCRETE OR ASPHALT?
Today, the initial placement cost for both materials is about the same, but over time, only concrete delivers lasting beauty, maintenance free durability and a brighter, cooler more reflective surface resulting in lower cooling and lighting costs.
Bottom line: Concrete's lifecycle costs are lower!
Concrete is Less Expensive
While concrete has always made the most sense in the long term, the rising cost of oil and enhanced refining capabilities have forced asphalt prices through the roof, making concrete the best short and long term solution for your paving needs. The durability and strength, decrease installation and maintenance cost in ways you can see now and down the road. In addition, the savings on surface lighting and interior cooling costs, due to concrete's brighter, more reflective surface will give you benefits that will not only be green, but save you some green in the long run.
Concrete is More Durable
It’s true, No other paving material approaches concrete’s strength and durability in standing up to all applications ranging from pedestrian sidewalks to driveways and parking lots to heavy duty truck traffic conditions. Concrete lasts much longer, without the need for periodic patching and resurfacing.
More Attractive Design Options
Concrete’s clean look creates a good first impression and lasting sense of quality for customers, tenants and employees. Concrete can be fashioned with an array of decorative textures, shapes, patterns and colors.
Concrete is produced locally from abundant natural resources, it reduces toxic run-off and can be easily recycled. It is also cooler in the summer which provides outdoor comfort while reducing the heat island effect by as much as 10°f. Concrete's reflectivity provides a brighter, safer surface while reducing energy requirements..
It All Adds Up
In apples-to-apples comparisons, using ACI, AASHTO or other procedures to ensure structural design equivalents, concrete paving delivers financially, aesthetically and environmentally. Find out for yourself, (For more parking lot information visit www.concreteparking.org and, let concrete deliver for you.