There was a time when concrete was the preferred material for Plant City parking lot paving. Although asphalt has always been considered as the cheaper choice because of its longevity, there were misconceptions about asphalt that were not fully explained. Even now, some people think that asphalt can cause illnesses and that is why they don’t choose to use it for their driveways, roads, or parking lots.
When people go to your business or when friends and family come over to your house, what’s the first thing that they will see? It’s usually the parking lot, the driveway, or the lawn. That is the reason why homeowners want their houses to have a well-paved driveways and curb side appeal. This is also why business owners invest heavily in asphalt or concrete parking lots.
Ailments and illnesses
The most common misconception, and the biggest mistake, about asphalt is that it can cause cancer. This is farther from the truth. In fact, asphalt is an environmentally friendly substance from the production to the application. Asphalt production plants create lower carbon footprint than any other paving material, including concrete. It also requires less energy to make and fewer natural resources.
The myth that asphalt can cause cancer is probably based on its application. Since the application process of asphalt pavement can be quite dangerous (it uses hot substance), many thought that this can adversely affect one’s health. The truth is, asphalt is water-soluble, so it cannot even contaminate water even if you have a broken pipe underneath the surface. It won’t also bring any contaminants on the soil below or near it.
This is another misconception about asphalt. Many actually think that asphalt is priced higher than concrete. This could not be farther from the truth. Asphalt costs only half of the price of concrete per square foot. If concrete costs $10 per square foot, trust that asphalt will only cost you around $4 to $5 per square foot. That’s how inexpensive asphalt is.
The only way concrete can be cheaper than asphalt is when it’s DIY. But then again, you cannot pay for the experience, knowledge, and proper training that pavement companies offer. Asphalt is definitely cheaper in terms of production, application, and maintenance.
Fatigue cracking or alligator cracking has seriously worsen the reputation of asphalt. These imperfections actually happen because of problems underneath the surface of the asphalt pavement. It’s not that pavement itself that has a problem. When properly prepared, installed, and maintained, asphalt can last from 25 to 50 years.