Difference Between Asphalt & Concrete – Basics & Typical Uses

Difference Between Asphalt & Concrete – Basics & Typical Uses


When dealing with pavement maintenance, there are two types of pavement that you probably already recognize as asphalt and concrete.



Believe it or not, these two types of pavement are more similar than you might think, and I am not talking about how they are both flat and you can drive on them, etc… That’s a given.  What I mean is that they both consist of roughly the same materials, with the differentiating factor being the binding agent.

Let’s break it down…  First we will take a look at asphalt.

Asphalt Sample

Asphalt Sample

Asphalt Cement Concrete (Commonly called asphalt) is made up of:
– Sand
– Rock
– Liquid Asphalt Asphalt Cement (Manufactured from Crude Oil)

Now let’s take a look at concrete.

Concrete Sample

Concrete Sample

Portland Cement Concrete (Commonly called concrete) is made up of:
– Sand
– Rock
– Portland Cement (Manufactured from Lime Stone)

As you can see in the closeup pictures, both samples contain sand and bits of rock with the difference being the binder.

Both asphalt and concrete have their strengths and weaknesses, and which one you choose to go with will be determined largely by the way that you plan to use it.

Typical Uses for Concrete Pavement
– Bridges
– Dumpster Slabs
– Airport Runways
– Streets & Highways
– Small Residential Driveways

Typical Uses for Asphalt Pavement
– Parking Lots
– Playgrounds
– Airport Taxiways
– Streets & Highways
– Large Driveways
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DRYCO Works with Industry Leaders in Real Estate and Property Management

DRYCO Works with Industry Leaders in Real Estate and Property Management

Recently several of DRYCO’s customers were recognized in The Silicon Valley Business Journal for their outstanding leadership in our industry.   STEWARDS of the Built Environment take their role very seriously.  They are committed to providing the local economy with sustainable, safe, and functional spaces in which we do business.

Rebecca Barnes, Sr. Property Manager of Cushman & Wakefield has been a long time loyal customer of DRYCO’s. Rebecca has learned how to balance career advancement, a college education, motherhood, professional development, and volunteer service with BOMA Silicon Valley. Rebecca is an outstanding leader amongst all of her peers and we are all so very proud of her.

Dave Pogue is the Global Director of Corporate Responsibility for CBRE.  Dave has been a leader in commercial real estate for over 41 years.  Under his leadership, CBRE has implemented a variety of sustainability practices and programs worldwide. Dave is a true leader in all aspect of commercial real estate and has earned the highest respect from all of his colleagues.

Yolanda Faile is the founder and managing partner of Verity Properties.  Yolanda has been in the industry for several years and has been an outstanding leader in BOMA Silicon Valley.  Yolanda is one of the most knowledgeable, professional women I know, and it is a privilege for DRYCO to be a partner with her and her company.

Jonathan Leder, Facilities Manager, ORACLE.  DRYCO has been working with Jonathan and his team for several years that include several asphalt, concrete and fencing projects.

DRYCO would like to congratulate each and every one of them and wish them continued success in all of their endeavors.

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Winter is Fast Approaching… Schedule Your Work Accordingly!

As the rainy season moves in and the temperatures begin to drop this winter, it becomes obvious that some aspects of property maintenance are just not feasible.  For example, it makes no sense to seal coat your parking lot at this time of year, because there is not enough warmth in the ground to have the seal coat cure properly, resulting in a sub-par product that will need to be addressed in the spring time.  We avoid situations like that because it wastes your time and our time, but most importantly it creates unneeded expenses for you that could be avoided by scheduling the work for the spring time, when the seal coat will have time to properly cure.

However, there is work that can be done all-year round, regardless of the weather conditions.  One area that you can continue scheduling through the winter is fence & iron work.  Whether you are in need of chain link installation/repair, iron gates, or ornamental fencing, DRYCO can provide exceptional service and results in any weather condition.


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In addition, DRYCO can bring your parking lot up to ADA Compliant standards, including handrails, striping, & signage.

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Call DRYCO to schedule your Fence, Iron, & ADA work today!



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Thank You Veterans

Thank you to all of the Veterans out there for your service and bravery.


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DRYCO Carnival 2014

On Sunday October 12th, the employees, friends, and family of DRYCO Construction, Inc. descended upon Central Park’s Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, CA for a day of fun in the sun. The office employees planned and executed a Carnival lasting from 12-5pm for the friends, families, and crew members of DRYCO Construction. The weather was perfect with temperatures ranging throughout the day from the mid-80s to the low 90s. Over 350 attendees came out to enjoy the event and celebrate coming together and displaying appreciation for every single person that is a part of our company.


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The main attractions of the Carnival were the crew-built games. Over the past 6 months, the crews worked diligently in teams to create and construct games as part of an internal culture-building competition (more about that later). These creative and completely built from scratch games included skee-ball, tricycle basketball, building blocks puzzle races, washer toss, sailboat water gun races, and a large-scale balloon dart board.


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Smaller activity booths for the Carnival included a fishing game, duck pond, face painting, temporary tattoos, animal balloons, lollipop tree, and “Pin the Face on Daren.”


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In addition to the booths, there was an obstacle course, two bounce houses, and a pumpkin carving station with 80 pumpkins ready to be carved into crafty faces.


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A number of team events took place at the Carnival as well, including Tug-O-War competitions, spoon-egg races, three-legged races, and sack races. There was even a series of “cake walk” competitions, wherein desserts donated by DRYCO employees were won by participants lasting to the end of a game similar to musical chairs.


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We can’t forget to mention all of the great eats and drinks throughout the day, because it’s not a Carnival without carnival food! There were booths set up for popcorn, nachos, snow cones, and the all-important cotton candy stand. As for the more meal-worthy foods, the regular staples were all there: hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, salad, and chips. In addition, we were fortunate enough to have one of the crew members augment the entertainment by bringing his PA system and a mobile griddle that he used to prepare over 400 tacos for everyone to enjoy. To quench one’s thirst, there was soda and water available all day, as well as kegs of beer for those of age to enjoy.


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You may be wondering what inspired the workers of DRYCO to put on this incredible event. There is no single answer to that question. The seeds of this Carnival were planted way back in early 2013, when the employees of DRYCO came together to create a company-wide Culture Initiative. The results of that process defined the values of DRYCO as a company: Teamwork, Open Communication, Fun, Integrity, and Trust. The acronym of the values soon became the mantra of DRYCO and has continued to be an important aspect of the company since its inception. The values define what it means “TO-FIT” at DRYCO.

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Throughout the past year and a half, DRYCO has been holding events emphasizing each of the company values, culminating in the Carnival that reflects upon all of the values. It took every DRYCO employee incorporating every DRYCO value to ensure a successful event. There is no way that the Carnival would have been a success without teamwork, open communication, fun, integrity, and trust.

Overall, it was a great day, a great event, and most importantly, a great coming together of friends and family of DRYCO Construction, Inc.

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World Series Champs… Again!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning the 2014 World Series Championship, their 3rd title in 5 years.

Giants pitcher Madison Bumbgarner capped off an amazing October by throwing five shutout innings to close out the series, and took home the Series MVP award after posting 2 wins, 1 save, and a sub 0.50 ERA.

With titles in 2010, 2012, and now 2014, the San Francisco Giants are officially a dynasty.

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DRYCO’s Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament & BBQ

On Friday, September 12th, DRYCO Construction, Inc. invited its customers to attend the 2014 DRYCO Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament & BBQ.  The day started at 8:30am with 81 customers competing alongside DRYCO employees in a golf scramble at Summitpointe Golf Club in Milpitas, CA.


Our golfers begin arriving for the tournament.


Heading out to their tees for the shotgun start.


Teeing off!

After about five hours on the course, our golfers made their way over to the BBQ being held nearby. Many more customers attended the BBQ in the afternoon, and raised the total numbers attendees for the day north of 100.


Relaxing in the shade before the BBQ.

The BBQ featured salad, fresh fruit, tri-tip, chicken, potato salad, and beans.


Brian on the grill.


At the BBQ, there were awards given out for the Most Honest Team, Longest Drive (Men’s & Women’s), Closest to the Pin (Men’s & Women’s), Putting Contest, and First Place in the tournament.  In addition, many great prizes were given to winners in the raffle.




Our tournament winning team from Fernande & Sons: Randy Nickles, Lowry Pendley, Jim Susick, & Terry Wilson.



That’s a big bottle of wine!


Thank you to all of our great customers that spent the day with us and made the golf tournament & BBQ a big success!

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