Asphalt is considered by some as the most cost-effective material used on residential and commercial driveways, parking lots, streets, highways, pathways, industrial sites, recreational trails, agricultural uses, and corrective and preventive maintenance on concrete pavements.
There are many benefits of using asphalt, but none more valuable than these two: cost effective and environment friendly.
Asphalt is environment-friendly
Asphalt is 100-percent recyclable. Parking lot paving can be successfully completed using a mix of fresh asphalt and recycled materials. Higher grade asphalt means lower recycled materials while low-grade asphalt contains more recycled materials.
Recycled asphalt contains reclaimed asphalt pavement, or old asphalt that has been milled off pavements that are not in use anymore. It also contains asphalt binder that can be reused to lower the need for virgin asphalt and thus, less petroleum too.
When you recycle asphalt, you also reuse its rocks component, which means a reduced need for mining aggregates. This process of recycling asphalt materials not only reduces the need to mine for fresh sources of materials, but it is also cost effective both to the contractor and to the client.
Asphalt is more economical
Up front, asphalt costs less than concrete and other paving materials. Parking lot paving can be composed of a mixture of virgin materials and recycled asphalt. It is at least 30 to 40 percent cheaper than concrete.
Since asphalt paving is easier applied, it completes quickly and allows traffic conditions to return to normal. While paving a parking lot, a business can suffer when customers are not able to park their cars safely. Instead of going to your building, they may choose to transfer to another with safer parking spaces.
Using asphalt on your parking lot paving allows a quicker turnaround. It can be completed in less than a week, depending on the size of your parking lot. Concrete takes twice as long as to dry.
Long-term maintenance and repair costs less, too. When asphalt paving starts to show cracks, these can be repaired easily by sealing them with asphalt.
During winter, asphalt is a safer option, too, to have on your parking lots and driveways. The asphalt’s black color help retains heat, so snow is more likely to melt faster on it rather than on concrete pavement.