Asphalt is a popular paving option for a reason. It’s the most commonly used road construction material in the U.S.
In our experience, after 30 years of paving, the advantages of using asphalt for residential paving or commercial paving are that it’s:
One reason that asphalt is used for road surfaces and pavements so frequently is that it offers high skid resistance. Asphalt is the airline industry’s material of choice, providing the impeccable surfaces required for runways and taxiways. And not only will it stand up to ice and snow, but it can also handle the chemicals we use to get rid of ice and snow without causing risk to drivers or pedestrians.
Asphalt provides excellent contact between the road surface and tires, leading to better vehicle handling and a safer ride for drivers and passengers.
Paving with asphalt has a lower price tag, but that doesn’t mean it’s an inferior paving option. While the material itself is affordable to purchase and use, there are other reasons that asphalt is cost-effective. It’s possible to build asphalt roads, playgrounds, and driveways more quickly than with other materials. Those surfaces can then be maintained almost indefinitely with periodic maintenance, saving money in the long term.
Another reason is that its surfaces reduce wear and tear on your vehicles, making asphalt paving perfect for your driveway or private road that you frequently travel. Businesses, government agencies, or wineries with parking lots with heavy traffic will see reduced tire wear on their vehicles.
Asphalt is the most recycled product in the U.S., where 100 million tons of asphalt pavement is recycled every year. Asphalt can also be made from other waste, including tires and shingles, reducing the use of landfills.
Recycling of this material protects the environment by reducing quarrying, mining and oil consumption. Recycling reduces consumption of fuel, machinery, transportation and labor as well as protecting the scarce natural resources of aggregate and asphalt. Ultimately this keeps many millions of tons of collected material out of our landfills.
Another earth-friendly benefit of asphalt paving is that it requires 20% less energy to install asphalt paving compared to other paving materials. Because asphalt is beneficial to vehicle efficiency, it lowers the potential impact on the environment. Less friction means improved longevity for the road, reduced vehicle maintenance costs, lessened carbon dioxide emissions, and improvements to fuel economy. This is particularly significant considering the 275+ million vehicles in operation on US roads.
One of the benefits of asphalt paving is that it’s a flexible material, making it more adaptable to variable North Bay terrain than cement. It’s easy to use and implement in a project, so the disruption to local traffic can be minimized. Many asphalt road projects take only 24 hours, and in many cases, the public can use roads soon after the rollers have finished their work.