As an estates manager, you have to make a lot of decisions like this every day.
How to maintain your business parking lot, when to call time on it and when that decision has finally been made, what to replace it with.
The parking lot is often the first thing a client sees of your business. So naturally, it needs to look right.
For managers and business owners alike, there are two main choices of material – concrete or asphalt.
So which one should you choose for your commercial parking lot?
Concrete has a lot going for it as a material for a parking lot.
It is durable and long lasting. With the right care, it may be around for decades.
Besides an annual clean and joint sealing, there is less in the way of maintenance.
However, as a manager in charge of a commercial parking lot it has one big snag – the setting time for concrete is longer than it is for asphalt.
Anyone wishing to keep the traffic flowing in and out of their business may find this a problem, because the lot will be out of action for some time.
For any business, or organization who absolutely must remain open throughout, this can be a headache.
While concrete performs well at high temperatures, anyone living in a cold climate may find the heaving and cracking that accompanies the winter trying.
When frost heaves affect concrete, it requires an immediate action. This could also make it less of an attractive option to some.
- Concrete does well in high temperatures.
- Concrete is cooler when it is hot.
- Concrete comes in different colors and styles.
- Concrete can last over twenty years if maintained correctly.
- Concrete will crack.
- Concrete will heave in cold weather, this may require immediate attention for safety.
- Concrete’s appearance may fade drastically with temperature changes.
- Salt damages concrete, so if you live somewhere it snows this can be problematic.
- Concrete has a much longer setting period than asphalt.
There is a reason why as asphalt paving contractors we install so many asphalt parking lots. It is by far the material of choice for parking lot owners across America.
The number one reason why folks choose asphalt over concrete is its durability. It can weather both the temperate climes and cold weather alike.
Snow will not ruin it and neither will salt.
For anyone in a colder part of the country, it should pretty much be a done deal to choose asphalt as your next parking lot material.
Additionally, it is cheaper to install than concrete and even more crucially, does not take as long before it can be driven on.
This alone may be enough for a parking lot manager to choose asphalt for their commercial parking lot.
Sure, there are some downsides, such as frequent maintenance, but they are for the best in the long run.
- Asphalt is aesthetically pleasing.
- Asphalt is durable and reliable.
- Asphalt performs well in the snow.
- Asphalt can withstand cold weather.
- Asphalt is not affected by salt.
- Asphalt can withstand both cold and hot temperatures.
- Asphalt will last twenty years with the right maintenance.
- Asphalt is a cheaper initial outlay than concrete.
- Asphalt is environmentally friendly: 99 percent of asphalt gets recycled.
- Asphalt has green options available, i.e. porous asphalt, for draining in flood prone regions.
- Asphalt can be driven on soon after it has been laid, meaning less site disruption.
Well, perhaps we are biased. But as asphalt paving contractors we do see the positive side to using asphalt.
However concrete too has its advantages for use in more moderate climes.
Ultimately the decision is all yours!