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3 Surprising Benefits of Asphalt Paving

Curious about the benefits of asphalt paving? Whether you’re paving your new driveway or installing a new subdivision, asphalt is ranked as America’s number one paving option. So, should you jump on the bandwagon?

Though asphalt isn’t the best choice in every circumstance, it is in most. Here are three of the top reasons consumers choose asphalt over its competitors, so you can see for yourself. Read on.

1. Asphalt Paving is Recyclable

Did you know asphalt is 100% recyclable? Yep, it’s one of the asphalt benefits that’s driven the asphalt industry into seemingly endless success. America recycles over 80 million tons of asphalt each year, which saves taxpayers over $1.6 billion.

It’s the #1 recycled product in America. So, what types of asphalt are recyclable? The answer is all types.

Asphalt actually refers to a bituminous substance that binds the rock and other solid material that makes up asphalt concrete (AC). The industry standard says this bituminous substance makes up 5 to 7 percent of the final AC product.

You don’t need to know the history of concrete to see the wide-reaching benefits of a 100% recyclable product. Sure, it saves the government and taxpayers money. Yes, it also reduces waste.

But during this time of global warming and environmental crisis, the most important benefit is the reduction of petroleum products. The bituminous substance is composed of petroleum products. When you reuse asphalt, you’re reusing the petroleum products therein, so the industry uses less petroleum overall.

2. Asphalt Costs Less

If you’re still stuck on the concrete vs asphalt driveways conundrum, consider the cost. When you hire asphalt paving contractors, they’ll guarantee the following asphalt facts:

  • Low initial cost
  • Greater residual value

Another price-reducing factor is your contractor’s ability to “stage” your asphalt installation. In other words, it can be built in stages. This reduces your overall construction bill.

Your contractor can lay your initial base course of asphalt. Then you may build your subdivision or commercial building. Afterward, your asphalt contractor can come back through and drop in the asphalt surface, completing the project.

Overall, it saves your heavy construction workers time and defers the cost of part of the construction.

3. Asphalt is Durable

Asphalt is less rigid than concrete. This flexibility allows it to withstand stresses that concrete can’t. That includes freeze/thaw cycles, harsh sun, winter chains, and extreme weights.

Asphalt also comes in different grades. Each grade includes a slightly different recipe.

Some include more of the resinous material, asphalt while others include less. Some include smaller chunks of rock aggregate, while others include less. The aggregate type also varies in each recipe.

If you pull out the heavy construction directory for your area and make a few phone calls, you can determine which grade is right for your situation. Keep in mind things like what vehicles will drive on the asphalt and other factors that may affect which grade you choose.

What’s Next?

Now that you know the main benefits of asphalt, you can decide for yourself. It’s less expensive, more durable, and 100% recyclable. Does it suit your needs?

If you’re interested in learning more about asphalt paving, reach out to your local paving contractor today.

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April 9, 2021 at 8:07 am

It’s good to know that one of the benefits of asphalt driveways is they’re much cheaper than concrete, and they last longer. My husband and I plan on having a driveway constructed in our new house soon, so I really appreciate this article of yours. I’ll share this with him tonight and suggest that we choose an asphalt driveway constructed. Thanks.

    April 11, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Hello Levi and thank you for your comments.

    Based on your current plans for a new driveway, I thought I should elaborate a little more on the longevity of asphalt vs concrete, because there are many factors to consider. Instead of listing them all here I have found an article that explains most of the factors to consider… Click here to read it.

    Also, one of the most important factors that is not listed in this article is “proper placement”. If the asphalt or concrete is not placed properly by a reputable contractor, you could experience premature failure with either product. Over my 40+ years in this industry I have seen more failures with concrete, due to improper placement, than asphalt by a factor of 50 to 1.

    A concrete driveway should last longer than an asphalt driveway, but this is usually not the case especially in Central Oregon. I would be happy to look at your project and give you some additional guidance if you would like. Just “reply” from the original email for this post and let me know the best way to contact you.

May 7, 2021 at 2:36 pm

It was good to learn that asphalt paving is very flexible and durable. My husband dnI want to have our driveway paved and we need to decide on the material for it. We’ll have to invest in an asphalt driveway so that it will last longer because of its durability.

    May 10, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Glad to hear about your decision to pave your driveway with asphalt.

May 28, 2021 at 4:49 pm

It’s interesting that asphalt paving is recyclable. I want to pave my driveway with asphalt. I’ll find a paver that has a good price.

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