Date: January 1, 2010

News - Concrete Pavement Analyst Software Compares Initial and Lifecycle Costs

When installing a parking lot it is important to look at more than up-front cost. The Concrete Pavement Analyst (CPA) software, which lets you quickly and accurately compare design and cost capabilities of concrete and asphalt, gives you everything you need to plan for your parking lot, from a cost calculator that fits real-life designs to updated material and labor values. 

Less Expensive
While concrete has always made the most sense in the long term, the rising cost of oil and enhanced refining capabilities have forced asphalt prices through the roof, making concrete the best short and long-term solution for your paving needs. The durability and strength decrease installation and maintenance costs in ways you can see now and down the road. In addition, the savings on surface lighting and interior cooling because of the more reflective surface will give you benefits that will not only be green, but save you some green in the long run. 

More Durable
No other paving material approaches concrete’s strength and durability in standing up to heavy usage and truck traffic. Concrete lasts longer, without the need for resurfacing, patching or surface sealing. 

More Attractive
Concrete’s clean look creates a good first impression and lasting sense of quality for customers, tenants and employees. Concrete can be fashioned with an array of decorative textures, shapes, patterns and colors. 

More Green

Concrete is produced from abundant natural resources, reduces toxic run-off and can be easily recycled. It is also cooler in the summer which provides outdoor comfort while reducing the heat island effect. The reflectivity also reduces lighting energy needs. On the road, concrete even improves fuel economy. 

It All Adds Up
In apples-to-apples comparisons, using ACI, AASHTO or other procedures to ensure structural design equivalents, concrete parking delivers financially, aesthetically and environmentally. Find out for yourself. 

Chaney Enterprises uses the Concrete Pavement Analyst software to put concrete and asphalt side-by-side. You can even see graphs of how the cost savings will grow over time. 

To submit your own project for a custom CPA concrete versus asphalt price analysis, visit or you can call 301-932-5885 to set up an analysis today!

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