A lot of people ask about the difference between residential and industrial paving. Our team handles both kinds of jobs, and has done so for years, but the actual difference is not commonly understood. Well, the explanation is actually simpler than most people would expect!

Industrial paving involves things like ports, cargo areas, factory floors, and even airport runways. In other words, these are much larger jobs with a higher demand for precision and durability. A good contractor will bring the same expertise and skill to every job, from industrial factory to a small residential driveway – but industrial jobs tend to be more demanding. They require more equipment, more planning, and more pavement. Because the square footage is so much more, crews must be highly organized and in sync.

We’re already mentioned some of the specific jobs that fall into the category of “industrial paving,” so let’s take a closer look at a few of them.

Factories and cargo areas

Many of us don’t see them on a daily basis, but there are a great many factories and cargo areas around, both in industrial centers and in many rural areas. The staff working in these areas need quality flooring underfoot ­– that goes without saying. But to actually see such a floor being installed is a sight to see, if it’s done right.


The world’s ports contain massive square footage (or in many cases, square meters) of concrete and asphalt pavements. There are also huge paving jobs on shipping vessels, aircraft carriers, and other seaborne vessels. The demand for quality and durability in these areas is exceedingly high. Pavement crews that handle these kinds of jobs must be extremely organized, with the best equipment and pavement mixtures. Experience also plays a big part.

We could go on naming examples, but there are other important aspect of industrial paving to discuss. These areas aren’t usually “ready to pave” at a moment’s notice. A great deal of preparation is called for, including tough tasks like demolition, excavation, extensive rebar placements, and so forth. Then you have the fact that a lot of other work is taking place in the area, including different types of construction. These jobs are also usually on strict time tables, so crews have to bring their ‘A’ game in order to meet all the various demands and deliver quality pavement installations every time.

The most important thing to know about industrial paving and all it’s tough demands, however, is that it forces contractors to refine their methods, be impeccably organized, and use only the highest quality materials. In other words, contractors who handle industrial jobs bring all their expertise and experience to residential jobs as well. Of course, the demands are not as great. But this allows contractors to do an even better job, and confidently exceed the expectations of residential clients.

Apart from know what kinds of jobs a pavement contractor handles, it’s useful to know about their aggregate review scores, and information available within individual reviews, to find a contractor you can trust with your projects, whether it’s a driveway or an airport runway.