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What Is the Difference Between Asphalt and Pavement?

We come across both asphalt and pavement daily. Sometimes, the terms are used interchangeably in everyday conversation. However, asphalt and pavement are two different materials. Pavement is made for pedestrians, whereas asphalt is made for vehicle traffic. Different asphalt contractors in Clearwater FL use different qualities and types of asphalt depending on the location the asphalt is being used.

What is pavement?

Pavement is a material used for pedestrian traffic. It typically consists of concrete or brick. Compared to asphalt, it has a lot more grit so that it will be less slippery for those walking on it.

What is asphalt?

Asphalt is made for vehicle traffic. It is more durable and slicker than pavement. Each type of asphalt is made of an aggregate and a binder. Aggregate is made of crushed rock, sand and gravel. Bitumen, the binder used to create asphalt, is added to unite the aggregates to form a mixture.

Asphalt quality. There are different qualities of asphalt that are used depending on the project. Additionally, different asphalt contractors in Clearwater FL use different qualities of asphalt depending on the services they offer.

Roads. Larger gravel and rocks are used as aggregate for more durability.

Driveways. This asphalt contains finer aggregate for a smoother surface. However, it is less durable than the asphalt used for roads.

Parking lots. The quality of this asphalt is somewhere between roads and driveways.

Asphalt type. Asphalt can be hot, warm or cold. Hot asphalt is more durable than warm or cold asphalt. Therefore, we use hot asphalt for more durable patching.

Sealcoating and striping asphalt. Sealcoating and stripping are both services that add to the quality of parking lots. Sealcoating prolongs the quality and look of the asphalt preventing oxidation that causes the lightening of asphalt color overtime. It also protects the asphalt from weather damage and penetration of water. Striping not only looks visually appealing, but it also helps individuals navigate your parking lot. If you are looking for sealcoating and striping in Clearwater FL, we provide these services.

Can pavement be used to patch up asphalt?

Pavement can be used to patch up asphalt, but it is not common. The process for laying pavement for patch-ups is the same, however it does not look as nice as using asphalt. Sometimes pavement is used to patch up asphalt when there is already a concrete base, but generally speaking, we do not recommend that asphalt is patched with pavement.

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Need services for sealcoating and striping in Clearwater FL? Please contact us, today, if you are interested in our services. We would love to serve you!