Concrete Sidewalks vs Asphalt Sidewalks for your Home or Business
There are countless ways to make your home or business appear more welcoming, elegant, or professional. From preexisting architecture, new paint jobs, or fresh landscaping there are ample opportunities to give your building a little bit of a facelift. While maybe not on everyone’s radar, concrete paving or asphalt paving on walkways and sidewalks should be added to that list and by working with experts such as those at Burnaby Blacktop you can be certain your new sidewalk project will be the best around. From short walkways through gardens to longer pathways from the front door through the front yard and to the street, the professionals at Burnaby Blacktop have you covered. Both concrete paving and asphalt paving sidewalks have their benefits, and it is ultimately up to you to choose which is best for your specific situation.
Many people installing new sidewalks or updating old ones are choosing concrete to do so, and for good reason! While more expensive than asphalt, concrete is still affordable and certainly less expensive than interlocking tiles or pavement. Concrete paving is generally also more durable and able to withstand high usage and regular wear and tear with little to no effects. As such, these sidewalks require little regular maintenance saving you both money and headaches over time. Though rare, it should be noted that the repairs that concrete pavement does require tend to be more committing and expensive. Concrete is also very easy to customize and fit your precise needs. Its color, though easily stained, is also elegant and long-lasting with most blemishes fading naturally over time. Concrete sidewalk installation itself will typically take longer than a comparable job done with asphalt and requires more time to set before use. However, don’t let this deter you as the benefits of concrete paving certainly justify the extra few days it takes to install.
Asphalt paving is another great option when considering different ways to lay a sidewalk on your property. The immediate benefit to asphalt is that it is the most affordable option and also the quickest to install and use after installation. This eliminates the inconvenience of construction and allows you to resume life as usual sooner than if you choose a more complicated process such as concrete. In an environment like Vancouver, asphalt is generally considered the safer option, as well as the black surface, promotes snow and ice to melt quicker than it would on concrete or other lighter walkway options. Asphalt is also smoother, making it a more enjoyable surface to walk, bike, or skate on. From an aesthetic standpoint, it is also much more difficult to stain blacktop given its color — thus, it will appear new, longer. While asphalt paving is a great option for many, like concrete, it does come with its challenges. Asphalt generally requires more regular maintenance and upkeep, though these projects are generally pretty easy, affordable, and can be done yourself. Concrete repairs tend to be more expensive and involved.
Ultimately, it is up to you to choose which surface is the right option for the sidewalk or pathways at your home or business. Each has its own set of positives and challenges, and nobody knows better than the pros at Burnaby Blacktop. Over the years, we have installed all types of sidewalks in all types of yards and always deliver stunning final products. From large scale walkways to simple paths, our experts are here for you. If you would like to know more, have any quick questions, or are ready to start setting up an appointment and quote give us a call today! We’re always eager to help you take your home or business to the next level!