Cement, concrete, and asphalt are all often used to describe the surfaces that makeup driveways, streets, and trails. While many believe that each of these terms can be used interchangeably, there’s actually major notable differences when comparing cement, concrete, and asphalt. Below we compare and contrast these elements and discuss how to best maintain each type of surface.
What is Cement?
Cement is a single ingredient that gets mixed into water and other materials in order to create concrete. Concrete is the grey final product that we see most often used for sidewalks, walkways, and even some buildings. Cement is a binding substance that’s poured and then left to harden and/ or bind other materials together.
What is Asphalt?
Asphalt is a form of concrete most often used to pave roads, parking lots, and airstrip runways. It’s a tar like mixture consisting of cement and aggregate, which is a grainy mixture of tough natural materials such as stones or sand.
How They’re Maintained
Proper concrete maintenance includes regular deep cleanings, crack repairs, and investing in a sealant. The best way to deep clean concrete is by power washing it with professional tools and detergents to best remove any built up grime and stains.
When it comes to best maintenance practices for asphalt surfaces, the highest priority should always be keeping the surface sealed and intact. A number of services may be required to accomplish this from patching, seal coating, crack sealing and cleaning. The best method for cleaning and restoring the appearance of asphalt is by power washing as well.
Nearly all residential and commercial properties are home to some types of concrete or asphalt that needs to be properly maintained for optimal longevity and appearance. With a professional power washing service your property can benefit from the removal of mold, mildew, dirt, graffiti, grease, and more from many exterior surfaces.
The experts at Hydra Pressure Washing LLC in Pasadena, MD have over two decades of experience using our unique and innovative approach to ensure the most thorough deep clean every time. Visit our website here or call us at (410) 360-7887 for more information.