You may already know that asphalt is the most common paved surface in America. Wherever you go, this is plain to see. Most of the streets, roads, highways and interstates we use every day are paved with asphalt. The vast majority of residential driveways and commercial parking lots are also made of various different asphalt mixtures.
And here’s another obvious fact: Not all asphalt is high quality, and not all asphalt installations are finished to a high professional standard. We all have experience with driving, cycling or walking on asphalt that’s broken up, warped, crumbling, uneven, or otherwise problematic. That’s why it’s so important to hire reputable asphalt specialists whenever you have a need for asphalt-related surfaces. The difference in quality really is noticeable, especially as the months, years and seasons begin to pass. Let’s take a look at some other interesting facts about asphalt you may not have known.
Better asphalt means better fuel efficiency
Many governments (including the United States federal and state governments) understand that asphalt is actually good for the economy in a number of ways. But fuel economy is a big one. Asphalt is incredibly smooth and durable when properly installed. This means better gas mileage for millions of people, and all the economic benefits that go with it.
Asphalt is one of the most recyclable materials out there
Did you know that old asphalt is not thrown away? It’s actually milled, collected, and made into brand new, high quality asphalt. This material is an astounding 99% recyclable. You can’t say that about plastic, cardboard, glass, or any other material. When it comes to the material itself, asphalt is easy on the environment.
There’s a lot of asphalt in America
People are often astounded to learn just how much asphalt has been installed in the United States. Most sources estimate around 2 million miles of asphalt pavement in the United States. That means it would stretch around the entire earth about 80 times. But it makes perfect sense when you think about the physical and economic strength of asphalt.
It stays young for a long time
Asphalt is unique amongst natural mixtures and compounds in that it holds up and stays fresh (both in looks and performance) for so many years before it begins to wear down.
It saves money
When it comes to the average business owner or homeowner, asphalt has tangible cost benefits. Concrete is more expensive to install and requires more maintenance. It does, however, last longer on average. But asphalt still lasts a very long time — over 20 years, in many cases.
Making your asphalt count
Corporate and government organizations pay very close attention (at least they should) to who they bring on board for large-scale asphalt installations. They know the importance of a quality mixture and a consummate professional who understands every aspect of asphalt installations. Homeowners also have to make asphalt-related decisions, albeit on a smaller scale. To get the most out of this amazing and versatile material, make sure you contract with a specialist who truly knows their stuff.