Why Asphalt is a Great Choice for Trails and Sidewalks

Do you think sidewalks and trails need to be concrete? Think again. There are benefits to using asphalt for sidewalks and trails instead of concrete slabs. Here are some of the reasons you would consider asphalt for your next paved walkway.

Keep it Level

One of the issues that is common with concrete sidewalks is shifting and settling that causes uneven slabs. These can be dangerous for pedestrians and create injury liability. Asphalt has the advantage of a smooth surface without “slabs” that can sink or settle.

Fast and Affordable

Asphalt is quick to install and fast to cure – it can usually be ready for foot traffic in one to two days. Plus, asphalt is less expensive than concrete, which is nice on your budget. Install a new sidewalk or trail for less money and have it ready to use in just a few days.

Weather and Eco-Friendly

Asphalt is great in all weather, providing great drainage and quick melting for ice or snow. It is also eco-friendly – asphalt is 100% recyclable when it comes time to replace it.

Durable and Easy Maintenance

Asphalt can last for 20 years or more, requiring very little maintenance. Sealcoating can be done every few years to prevent cracks, giving the surface a new appearance.

If you own a business that needs paved walkways for customers, consider the advantages of using asphalt. Walking and biking trails can be beautifully paved with asphalt for less money, with low maintenance to keep them safe for many years to come. Contact your local paving contractor to discuss the option of creating new walkways with asphalt.

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Sunshine Services
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West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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Asphalt Pavement versus Concrete Pavement

Asphalt pavement has some very distinct and significant advantages when compared to concrete pavement.  Here are five benefits of asphalt pavement for your consideration.

COST

You will find that asphalt is about one-third less expensive than concrete.

CONSTRUCTION SPEED

You can have a new asphalt driveway laid in about two days or less depending upon the size of the job. However, concrete requires several more days to complete.

USABILITY

Newly laid asphalt driveways or parking lots can typically be used within two  to four days.  This depends on the season it was laid. Asphalt hardens (cures) much quicker in the spring and fall seasons because it’s not so hot during the day. During the summer season, asphalt requires more time to harden because of the heat. On the other hand, concrete requires about seven days to cure in most instances.

CRACKING

Both concrete and asphalt pavement gets lineal cracks, which is not a sign that the pavement is failing.  However, unlike concrete, asphalt pavement is flexible and not as likely to crack. Concrete requires control joints (saw cut lines) to minimize and reduce cracking.

MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

Asphalt repairs and maintenence are less expensive than concrete. The reason is that asphalt materials cost less. For homeowners, they can find reasonably priced products at their local hardware store. This makes it affordable for homeowners to seal linear cracks or perhaps seal coat the driveway to their home.

WEATHER

Due to the black color of asphalt, its dark surface absorbs heat from the sun much more than concrete. The result is that during the winter season, snow melts faster on asphalt.