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Benefits of Asphalt  « Back

1.How durable is asphalt pavement?
2.What are the benefits of Asphalt in a residential or commercial setting?

1. How durable is asphalt pavement?
Well-designed, well-built asphalt pavements last many years. For instance, the asphalt portions of Interstate 90 in Washington State have been in place since their original construction more than 35 years ago with no rehabilitation for structural reasons. The entire New Jersey Turnpike is asphalt. Built in 1951, it has never had a failure in the pavement structure. The chief engineer for the turnpike expects it to last another 50 years.

Called the "perpetual pavement," asphalt pavements can last a lifetime because it's possible to maintain them with only periodic replacement of the surface layer. And with the newer heavy-duty surface pavements, it is possible for overlays to last more than 15 to 20 years.

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2. What are the benefits of Asphalt in a residential or commercial setting?
You’ll recognize several benefits with Hot Mix Asphalt, compared to other, more costly options.

  • It is strong and durable.
  • It is engineered to withstand freezing and thawing.
  • No need to worry about salting your pavement in winter. Unlike other, more rigid materials such as concrete, Hot Mix Asphalt is designed to flex and "give" with slight settlements or frost heave. Hot Mix Asphalt lends itself readily to the types of service that are usual in residential & commercial areas. If a utility line must pass under your parking lot or driveway, repairs are more easily and quickly performed than with alternative material such as concrete. The same is true if undue ground settlement should occur naturally.
  • Hot Mix Asphalt is the most cost-effective option you can choose. Just as it has for millions of business & homeowners the world over, Hot Mix Asphalt can last many years for you—with only minimal maintenance.

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