If your driveway is in need of repair or replacement in Minneapolis, MN or the surrounding Twin Cities suburbs, Unlimited Concrete Concepts is the concrete paving company of choice. We are a licensed concrete paving contractor that specializes in replacing old driveways with new concrete driveways that are designed to last.
Concrete paving in Minnesota is unique because of our climate. Certain concrete mixes must be used and proper preparation, finishing, curing, jointing, and sealing techniques are necessary for the longevity of the concrete driveway. For more information, see Concrete Driveway in Minnesota.
Concrete vs. Asphalt
While asphalt driveways may have a cheaper initial investment, if you figure in the maintenance cost over its designed lifespan, the cost of asphalt increases with age while concrete does not. Additionally, in today’s market with high oil prices, we have noticed that the initial cost for concrete paving is becoming similar to asphalt. If you are considering asphalt, you owe it to yourself to check out the cost of concrete. See maintenance cost of Concrete vs Asphalt.
Why Does Concrete Cost More Than Asphalt Initially?
Generally, asphalt paving is under-designed for its expected axel weight traffic and concrete is over-designed.
The cost of material is less for asphalt because asphalt driveways are constructed only 2 inches thick and concrete is poured at 4 inches thick.
Commercial Parking Lots
Michael Davy, Pavement Design Engineer, best sums up the benefits of using concrete for parking lots:
Strong, attractive, cost effective, and virtually maintenance free, concrete parking lots are a wise business decision! Owners and developers are making the decision to use concrete parking areas in residential, commercial, and industrial projects more and more every day. These individuals not only want, but demand added value to their investments.
Parking areas, in any type of project, are more than driving surfaces for cars. They are welcome mats for your building and as such, they should make a positive contribution to it. Concrete parking lots shout quality to customers, tenants, and employees, before they even walk through the door.
“As owner/builder of office and industrial buildings, our company has started thinking beyond the initial costs of material and started thinking long-term. When comparing asphalt to concrete paving on our current industrial park, we chose concrete. We found it superior to asphalt in almost all categories including quality, durability, maintenance, and job scheduling. Although it has a higher initial cost, ancillary benefits such as better reflective lighting happen immediately, while the monetary benefits increase the longer you own your building.” -- Bill Spinner, President Group IV Developers
Simple maintenance costs of other pavement systems (asphalt, gravel, pavers) made over a 20-year span often equal or exceed the initial construction costs. Concrete parking lots, on the other hand, require little upkeep over their 20-year design life – keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.
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