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Whether you are updating your current parking lot or building a new one, there are several decisions to be made throughout the process. One main decision to make is whether you want to use concrete or asphalt for your new parking lot. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages to consider during your decision process. 

Toste Construction has been working on asphalt parking lots for over 15 years and is here to help you understand each material. Though we work on asphalt parking lots, we see the advantages of concrete as well. We also believe understanding all aspects of the material will help make the best decision for your business and parking lot.


Concrete is composed of aggregates such as rocks and sand. It is bonded together with liquid cement that cures over time. Concrete makes a great material for parking lot use for several reasons. 

  • Life Expectancy: The expected lifespan of a concrete parking lot is long with proper maintenance and repair. 
  • Low Maintenance: A concrete parking lot typically requires little to no maintenance. Of course, watch for crack formation, keep it clean, and seal joints when necessary. 
  • Cooler Than Asphalt: Concrete parking lots are sometimes preferred in the southern states because they do not absorb heat like asphalt. When temperatures reach over 100 degrees during the summer, a concrete parking lot will stay much cooler. 
  • Design: Concrete offers the ability to customize the design of your parking lot, including various colors and textures. 

While there are significant advantages to a concrete parking lot, there are some disadvantages. A key disadvantage is the initial cost of a concrete parking lot. Concrete will cost more than asphalt for a parking lot. Though installing a concrete parking lot comes with a higher cost, it is offset by the low maintenance costs.


Asphalt is similar to concrete in that it is composed of aggregate, such as stone, sand, or gravel that is bound by asphalt cement. However, asphalt is heated before it is laid on the surface. Asphalt is also the most used material for a parking lot in the United States. 

The greatest advantage of an asphalt parking lot is its quick installation. An asphalt parking lot can typically be laid in just a few days and have a much lower cost to install when compared to concrete. The curing process is also much shorter than a concrete lot and asphalt can typically be driven on within a few days of completion. 

By choosing to install an asphalt parking lot, you will want to be aware of the required maintenance needs. Typically, an asphalt parking lot will need cracks filled, sealcoating complete, and new lines painted every 3-5 years. However, the low install price along with the extended lifespan from maintenance can help offset the cost of maintenance and repairs.

If you are considering a new parking lot and are unsure of whether to install concrete or asphalt, be sure to weigh all components.

We highly recommend reviewing annual costs along with the initial installation costs. Other items to consider might include your climate and the ability of the material to be recycled. Look at your business, who you serve, and what the needs are before you make your final decision. 

If you have questions about asphalt maintenance, contact Toste Construction. Our team is available to discuss our crack sealing and sealcoating services. Call our office to schedule a FREE estimate today and trust your lot is in good hands!

Toste Construction specializes in sealcoating and crack filling to ensure you and your customers have a smooth surface to drive on. We are your Mooresville asphalt and pavement maintenance company. Our services include asphalt sealcoating, striping, patching, pothole repair and crack filling for both residential and commercial projects throughout western North Carolina.

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