If you're considering installing a driveway or parking lot, you have a choice between multiple types of materials. The top two choices are concrete and asphalt. If you're stuck between choosing the right material, here are three advantages of asphalt.

Affordable

When it comes to paving options, asphalt is more affordable than concrete. You don’t have to worry about too many maintenance costs either. While you should seal asphalt about six months after installation and should continue to reapply sealant every three to five years, you do not have to invest in a lot of maintenance.

Durability

When it comes to your new driveway or parking lot, you do not want it to become damaged quickly. One of the perks of asphalt is that it is low maintenance and lasts for a long time. It will not decrease in strength. An asphalt parking lot can last about 20 to 30 years. If you have seal coating applied, then your lot will be waterproof and resistant to erosion.

Asphalt is also more durable in colder climates. In cold climates, concrete tends to crack, whereas asphalt does not. It also retains more of the sun’s heat and so if you have snow, it will melt faster in your driveway or parking lot than anywhere else.

Environmentally Friendly

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly option, your first thought might not have been asphalt. The reality is that asphalt is made using recyclable materials. Asphalt is also biodegradable. When you use asphalt, you don’t contribute to landfills because it can be reused indefinitely. If you want to lower your environmental impact, then you should choose asphalt paving Pennsylvania business owners use.

Not only is asphalt an aesthetically pleasing choice, but it makes sense in terms of affordability and durability. As a bonus, asphalt is also environmentally friendly. For driveways and parking lots, asphalt is one of the best options.

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