What Are The Advantages Of Asphalt?
There is no secret why asphalt is the material of choice for municipal, commercial, and residential consumers. Approximately 93% of highways, roadways, commercial parking lots, and residential driveways are paved with asphalt. Consumers have discovered that there are many advantages to asphalt pavement.
Asphalt is naturally dark in color which reduces the amount of glare from sunlight and allows snow and ice to melt quickly. This helps prevent car accidents and pedestrian injuries. Also, pavement markings are contrasting and more visible on asphalt pavement.
Smooth-surfaced roadways mitigate driver fatigue and increase driver control. Smooth surfaces reduce tire friction, which means less wear and tear on vehicles, better fuel economy, and an all-around better driving experience. For the commercial consumer, a smooth and well-maintained parking lot lets your patrons know that you care about their well-being and experience with their business.
Asphalt Provides a Quiet Ride:
Smooth asphalt roads reduce highway noise by as much as seven decibels.
Asphalt Pavements Are Cost-effective:
Contractors are able to build asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways more quickly and efficiently. Asphalt is a ‘perpetual pavement”. Roadways and parking lots can be milled and resurfaced without tearing out the entire surface.
Asphalt Is A Durable Pavement:
Asphalt pavements are constructed in three layers; subbase course, aggregate base course, and asphalt surface course layer. Each layer plays an important role in the pavement’s ability to withstand various weight loads and weather fluctuations. Asphalt pavement only needs periodic maintenance to remain in good working condition.
The Convenience of Asphalt Construction:
Asphalt pavement does not require a long curing period. Most paving projects are completed in one day, leaving routes open for travelers and businesses to operate with little disruption to their commerce. Homeowners can park on driveways within two days of construction.
Asphalt is Environmentally Friendly:
Asphalt is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled material in America. Recycling asphalt reduces the amount of material placed in landfills every year and protects our natural resources and wildlife. The asphalt industry is continually working towards sustainable goals and recognizes and supports asphalt businesses for their efforts.
Asphalt Is Aesthetically Pleasing:
Asphalt’s dark, smooth surface is beautifully contrasting to any landscape.
There are numerous advantages to choosing asphalt as your paving material. Asphalt surfaces are safe, smooth, and durable. Asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways are cost-effective, efficiently constructed, and environmentally friendly. This sustainable material is long-lasting and provides the municipal, commercial, and residential consumer with an aesthetically pleasing pavement.
Superior Asphalt, Inc. has over 35 years in the asphalt industry and has earned the respect of our peers nationwide. We are committed to upholding our industry’s sustainable goals and providing our customers with technologically advanced, durable asphalt material and pavements.
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