Asphalt is a commonly used product for many road surfaces, including roads, highways, runways, driveways, parking lots, etc. There is a reason why it is used so frequently. Here are some of the advantages of choosing asphalt for your road surfacing needs.
- Cost efficiency. Asphalt is relatively inexpensive to install, lasts a long time, and is cheap to repair. Asphalt is made up of rock and sand, with a small percentage of tar and oil to keep it together. The materials are not expensive or rare and because they are durable, reclaimed asphalt can be used to produce a high-quality roadway just as good as one built with new materials. When repairs are needed, asphalt can be patched, rather than having to be replaced entirely. Also, asphalt can be installed quickly, which saves money on the amount you have to pay the workers to construct it.
- Safety. Asphalt disperses and drains surface water, reducing water spray and improving visibility and traction during wet conditions. This reduces incidents of hydroplaning and improves visibility of road markings. The surface of asphalt provides maximum contact of tires to the roadway, which helps to prevent skidding on the road. The contrast of the black asphalt against white road markings improves driver safety, as well, since they can see the markings more clearly.
- Durability. Asphalt surfaces can last 15-20 years or more, depending on usage and the quality of the initial construction. And even when they do need to be replaced, often the base layer can remain while the top layers are milled out, remixed and used again for a fresh, new surface layer.
- Flexibility. Asphalt can be mixed to meet specific demands of different roadways. Asphalt can be mixed differently to withstand high-traffic roadways, such as highways, or made thinner for suburbans roads or parking lots. It can also be mixed to withstand freeze / thaw cycles in extreme weather locations, so the asphalt lasts longer and doesn’t crack.
We know asphalt will make a great choice for whatever paving project you have in mind. We are confident that we will provide you with a quality installation and the durable asphalt pavement you are looking for.