As concrete becomes increasingly first-cost competitive with other paving materials, concrete parking lots are increasing in popularity. Concrete has always been the best option when looking at life-cycle costs because of it's lower maintenance needs. Not only does a concrete parking lot require less maintenance, but it is also more durable, requires less lighting, and has many green benefits. The myth used to be that concrete would require a longer turnaround period, but with today's laser screed and mix design technology, a parking lot can be placed in one day and open to traffic within 24 hours if necessary (please discuss your needs with your contractor and ready mix producer).
Concrete parking lots have the added benefit of lower maintenance costs due to it's durability and strength. Unlike concrete's competitors, it does not have to be resurfaced frequently. Concrete is a reflective pavement resulting in cooler temperatures. A concrete parking lot's ambient temperature will be 7-10 degrees cooler than asphalt, therefore reducing the urban heat island effect.
There are many benefits when considering a concrete parking lot. Call TCA to learn more about concrete parking lots and how TCA can assist you.