Why Asphalt is the Best Choice for Sidewalks and Paths

If you’re considering adding pathways or sidewalks around your home or business, or if you need to have existing walkways repaved, you may automatically think of concrete for the paving material. Although concrete is commonly used for sidewalks and paths, it’s not always the best choice. The fact is that asphalt provides many benefits when it comes to walkways. Listed below are some of those advantages.

Asphalt is Safer for Pedestrians

Whether your walkways will be used by customers or friends and family, your number one priority in choosing the right pavement material will probably be the safety of people using them. Generally speaking, asphalt provides better traction than concrete, which can be especially slick when wet. Even in dry conditions, asphalt provides a smooth surface, but not so smooth that it creates a danger for pedestrians. If you live in a colder climate, you’ll find that ice and snow melt much more quickly on asphalt due to its dark color.

Asphalt Drains Better than Concrete

Generally speaking, asphalt is more porous than concrete, which means that it’s easier for rainwater and snowmelt to drain through the surface and back into the soil. In some ways, this is a double-edged sword, since it means you’ll have to carefully maintain your asphalt surface to protect it from water damage. But better drainage provides not only a safer surface for pedestrians; it’s a more environmentally friendly paving material as well.

Asphalt is “Greener” than Concrete

Speaking of being environmentally friendly — you may not realize it, but asphalt is a recyclable material. Asphalt that is broken up and removed from other paved surfaces can easily be reused. Because asphalt is recyclable, it’s considered to be a “greener” paving material than concrete.

Asphalt is Faster to Install

Asphalt is usually much easier to install than concrete from start to finish. That includes not only the amount of time it takes to prepare the material but also the length of time it takes to lay the asphalt and how long you have to wait before using the new surface.

Asphalt is Long Lasting

Most asphalt surfaces last between 10 and 30 years or even longer depending on their level of use and the weather conditions the surface is exposed to. If you’re careful to maintain the asphalt, and if use is relatively light – as is often the case with walkways – the lifespan of asphalt can be many decades.

If you’re ready to install new sidewalks and walking paths around your home or business, contact a professional paving contractor. They can provide you with more information about different paving materials, and can help you to make the best decisions regarding your new walkways.