Asphalt pavement is made up of a variety of different materials most commonly found in this mixture would be stone aggregate, sand, additives and liquid asphalt (bitumen).
Bitumen, also commonly known as the dark and sticky substance produced by crude oil is actually the binding element that creates what we know as “asphalt”. Once these ingredients are mixed together they create a hot asphalt blend which is then poured onto either roads, parking lots or driveways and then pressed with a steamroller or other heavy machinery.
After the asphalt has been poured and sufficiently pressed we then wait for the hot asphalt to cool, once fully cooled this new asphalt surface will be both flexible and durable to withstand all types of light to heavy traffic.
One of the key benefits with an asphalt surface would be its long-term upkeep and maintenance. Asphalt pavement can be much more forgiving and is able to adapt to changes such as weather and constantly changing surfaces beneath it. It is because of this flexibility that makes asphalt such a popular choice for both commercial and residential surfacing needs compared to that of a concrete surface.
While yes, concrete can also provide an effective sturdy and sufficient surface also with multiple usages, there are components you will need to be aware of before you pour your driveway, parking lot, or another surface top. Concrete which also contains some of the same ingredients in its recipe it is also less forgiving of uneven or changing surfaces located below it, as well as has a much higher future cost with upkeep and maintenance.
While both surface tops can effectively handle any traffic needs you may have, asphalt repair and maintenance
such as minor cracks are much more cost-effective and easier to service. Many homeowners have even been known to tackle these minor repair projects themselves within a days time.