There are many asphalt advantages. Topping our list of advantages are cost effectiveness, fast construction, motorist comfort and safety, durability, and recyclable. We discuss the top five asphalt advantages in more detail below.
#1. Cost-Effectiveness: Asphalt is a cost-effective choice because it has a lower initial cost than other pavements, lasts up to 20 years, and is recyclable. It is also cost-effective in terms of the time it takes to complete construction. The construction of asphalt is so fast that it saves the public, government, and contractors time and money. Asphalt doesn’t need time to cure meaning roadways won’t be blocked for long.
#2. Fast Construction: Asphalt roadways, driveways, and parking lots are fast to construct. In fact, asphalt can usually be laid in just one or two days, depending on the project’s size. Because asphalt, unlike concrete, requires no time to cure motorists can use roadways as soon as the last roller leaves the construction site. This means fewer traffic delays (always a welcome relief for motorists).
#3. Comfort and Safety: Asphalt will continuously give motorists a smooth, quiet ride, thanks in large part to the material’s smooth-like finish. It offers drivers skid resistance, reduced splash back, and better visual distinction between road markings. Asphalt also helps keep roads free from ice and snow. New technology ensures rapid drainage of surface water for improved visibility in wet conditions.
#4. Durability: Properly designed, constructed, and maintained asphalt can last up to 20 years. This is, of course, dependent on several factors including: the mix used and the amount of traffic the roadway sees. Asphalt is a reliable weather resistant material that can be trusted to remain durable for years to come. It can withstand the harshest weather conditions and the heaviest semi-trailers.
#5. Recyclable: Asphalt is endlessly recyclable. Less bitumen is needed to make new asphalt. It is even possible to reclaim asphalt, by digging up roads, melting the asphalt and reapplying it. This in itself makes asphalt a popular, modern day material. Who doesn’t love environmentally friendly materials? For more information on asphalt, and its benefits, please contact L & L Asphalt at (623) 434-1200.