For decades, concrete was by far the most popular building material in the world. When you combine all of the infrastructure out there that’s being built today, from roads and bridges to schools and other buildings, concrete probably still tops the list of materials in terms of how much is used. The great thing about concrete is that you can mold it into any shape you like, it’s incredibly durable, and it lasts for a very long time. It’s an incredible material, and without it the world wouldn’t be the same.
All that being said, concrete is definitely not the most popular material these days when it comes to paving. In case you’re not familiar with that term, which of course you probably are, paving is the practice by which people create a road. They’ll flatten the earth out, pour their material into the area they want it, and then they’ll use a big piece of construction equipment that’s basically a truck with a roller on it to flatten it out and make it even. That’s what’s known as paving, and it’s basically how every square inch of paved road out there has been created.
For a long time, concrete was the most popular material for making roads, but people have since realized that the problem with concrete is that when it’s exposed to the sun for long periods of time or it has to go through vast temperature fluctuations, because it’s so hard it starts to break. All that has to happen is it has to rain or snow, the water melts down into the concrete, and then overnight it freezes. Well, because water expands when it freezes, it expands and cracks the concrete. Concrete roads all over the country have needed a great deal of work because this has happened time and time again. That’s why asphalt is now the most popular paving material in the country. The great thing about asphalt is that not only does it cost a great deal less than concrete, but because it’s made in a different way it’s much more durable. Asphalt will last a great deal longer than concrete on roads because it’s better able to protect itself against the elements. Water doesn’t seep down into it as easily as it does concrete, and it’s much better equipped to handle temperature differences. Thus, consumers, governments, and municipalities are making the switch to asphalt because it’s saving them a huge amount of time and money over the long run.
If you’re convinced that it’s time for you to pave your driveway but you weren’t sure which material to use, you’d better make it asphalt. This way, you’ll know that it’s going to last for a long period of time and you’re not going to have to make repairs to it on a regular basis. Reach out to a paving company like Holland Hurst and get started with your paving today. Once it’s installed and you see how it looks, you’ll be glad you chose asphalt.