Asphalt vs Interlocking Pavements: which to use and why

Asphalt vs Interlocking Pavements: which to use and why


Asphalt pavement refers to a surface paved with asphalt. Asphalt is a combination of sand, stone or gravel and asphalt cement which holds the mixture together. Interlocking pavement refers to a paving stone commonly used as exterior flooring for roads, driveways, walkways etc. In this article we have given few reasons to help your judgement when it comes to making a decision between asphalt pavements and interlocking for your next road pavement project.

Why Asphalt Pavement?

a. Noise reduction: The use of asphalt on road surfaces can significantly reduce noise both inside and outside your car. This is beneficial to airport users too as asphalt runways or taxiways mean safer landings and take offs.

b. Increased safety: By painting asphalt pavements we can draw your attention to demarcations on the road, sharp bends, zebra crossings outside schools, driving and parking regulations thereby making asphalt a safer pavement.

c. Instant use: Asphalt pavements can be used immediately after repairs or construction thereby making them an instant use, this means fewer delays for you.

Asphalt used to pave a road in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Why Interlocking Pavement?

a. Easy maintenance: Repair and maintenance of Interlocking paving stones is simply done, if a paving stone becomes damaged, all you need do is to remove the damaged ones and replace it with new ones. Not only are they easy to repair, but the likelihood of them being damaged is slim.

b. Design variety: Interlocking provides you with countless combinations of colours, patterns and styles. This variety assures that your paving project will stand out from all the rest by not limiting colour choices, designs and styles.

c. Ecological advantage: Interlocking paving stones are available in water permeable designs which allows water drain through the paving stones, thereby preventing surface erosion or build-up of stagnant water.

d. The noise is key: Interlocking does well to keep drivers awake, with the little sounds coming from the friction between the tire and the paving stones drivers are less likely to fall asleep.

Asphalt vs Interlocking Pavements: which to use and why
Interlocking used to pave a road in Lagos, Nigeria

Ultimately these factors depend solely on the purpose of the road, so your choice should never be a gamble. Dutum Construction Company is your one-stop choice when you have a road pavement project, we offer a complete range of road construction services for your construction needs.

So, which of these pavements would you rather use, and why?


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