Is concrete hotter than asphalt?
Also, does asphalt get hotter than concrete?
The black asphalt absorbs more heat than the light colored concrete, and the manhole cover is darker than the concrete and because it's metal it absorbs heat more readily than the asphalt.
Additionally, is asphalt cheaper than concrete? Cost. Ignoring any maintenance costs, asphalt is generally much cheaper to install than concrete. On average, the cost per square foot for asphalt will run between $2.50 to $4.00. It's not unheard of to have a stained concrete driveway with a smooth finish cost over $15.00 per square foot.
Secondly, is concrete better than asphalt?
Concrete lasts longer, but asphalt driveways are less expensive to install. Asphalt needs more maintenance, but is generally easier to repair. Asphalt, he says, can handle the extreme temperature fluctuations in the Northeast better than concrete because it flexes.
Why does a black asphalt road become hotter than a white cement sidewalk?
The black asphalt absorbs most of the sunlight and the white cement reflects most of it.