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What’s The Difference Between Asphalt and Concrete?

There’s a long standing debate in communities across America as to which material is the best to use on their roadways and driveways: asphalt or concrete? It’s hard to give a definite answer since there are so many varying factors involved (temperature, humidity, traffic, etc.), but here’s a cheat sheet of the pros and cons of each.

What's The Difference Between Asphalt and Concrete?

Asphalt or concrete, which is better?

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  • Can soften when exposed to heat.
  • Absorbs heat from the sun and can become extremely hot to walk on.
  • More prone to potholes/damage, but more economical to repair.
  • Lower initial cost.
  • Not affected by salt – easier ice maintenance.



  • Maintains its shape and density in harsh weather conditions.
  • Available in lighter shades that absorb less heat
  • Less prone to potholes 
  • More versatile and smoother for bike riding, playing ball, etc.
  • Higher initial cost 
  • Affected by salt – difficult to maintain in icy conditions.

So which is best? Well, it depends on which of these factors are most important to you. Whichever one you choose, it’s important to make sure they are paved and installed properly. If you need concrete or asphalt in Las Vegas, contact J&J Asphalt at (702) 361-2914 to speak to a Las Vegas paving professional today.