When you’re selecting the right material for your driveway or parking lot, there are a few options to consider: brick, asphalt, or blacktop paving. Each offers a different style, durability, and maintenance plan. So, what are the differences, and which one is best for you? Manchester Township, NJ’s Budget Paving weighs the pros and cons.
Brick, Asphalt, or Blacktop Paving?
Deciding which type of paving material is best depends on a few factors. Is it for a residential driveway or a high-traffic parking lot? How long do you want your choice to last, and how much maintenance are you ready to handle? Below is a breakdown of how these three popular paving materials stack up against each other:
- Brick Paving: Bricks come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors, adding a personal touch to your property and enhancing sidewalks, driveways, and walkways. Brick paving is fairly simple to clean and just needs to be washed with soap and water. While maintenance and style are positives, brick can be pricey to install and is prone to cracking more than the other paving choices. Furthermore, brick generally can’t handle as much weight as asphalt or blacktop, and it has a shorter lifespan.
- Asphalt Paving: Less expensive than brick, asphalt is a durable option that is generally easy to repair and will last about 20 years. Mostly used for commercial purposes, asphalt handles extreme temperatures well, as it is more flexible than the other materials. Asphalt can also be stamped into a pattern to mimic bricks or stones. In most cases, you can use asphalt the same day it is installed. Small cracks in asphalt can be easily repaired with a sealant. Asphalt should be resealed every three years to extend its lifespan, but this is a task you should hire a professional to complete.
- Blacktop Paving: Blacktop and asphalt are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are subtle differences between the two. Asphalt is made from aggregate (stone or sand) and bitumen, a substance found in crude oil. Blacktop typically is liquid asphalt mixed with additional stone components. Where asphalt is mostly used for roads and larger areas, blacktop paving is more commonly used for residential driveways. Blacktop paving is generally less expensive than bricks.
Budget Paving is Manchester Township, NJ’s expert paving contractor, ready to assist with any residential or commercial paving project, including driveway paving, asphalt resealing, blacktop paving, and more. You can trust these professionals to install and repair your parking lot or driveway with quality materials, ensuring a satisfactory result every time. Give them a call at (908) 415-7398 or visit them online to learn more.