Why you should choose Asphalt!
There are a lot of misconceptions about asphalt, and well pavement in general. Many people think that asphalt is a dirty industry that uses oil to make its product and so it must be bad for the environment. Did you know that 99 percent of asphalt pavement is recycled and reused as asphalt pavement making it one of the most recycled materials in the world? We will try to lay out a few things here about various types of pavement, and some facts about asphalt pavement when considering your own pavement.
- Recyclability and a sustainable perpetual product. Asphalt is recycled every single day all over the world. Recycled as what? Well, asphalt mostly. Some mixes contain up to 30% or recycled materials in them including asphalt pavement, asphalt shingles, ground tire rubber, and several other materials. At Higgins Asphalt we utilize recycled materials in many of our mixes. You can find out more here https://www.asphaltpavement.org/recycling
- Over 90 percent of all roadways and parking areas in the U.S. are surfaced with asphalt pavement. While many people choose asphalt pavement because of the quickness and ease of installation and the fact that it can be maintained easily for a very long time, many times asphalt is chosen due to the fact that it is clean. Asphalt occurs naturally in several parts of the world in the form of asphalt lakes and in rock asphalt. It does not leach out into the soil or release alkali into water like concrete can, so it will not impact the soil or water it is paved next to, or over the top of. This is why asphalt pavement is used by many government agencies when storm water runoff is in consideration.
- Pavement will crack. Whether you choose asphalt pavement or concrete pavement, one guarantee is that it will most assuredly crack at some point. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how it was installed, or what you may be told. In Missouri our pavements are subjected to some of the most extreme conditions that you can experience. Between the very hot summers and the constant freeze and thaw cycles of our winters, pavement takes a beating. This is why pavement maintenance is important to the long life of any pavement. If you had a crack in your roof you would repair it right? The water coming in would destroy your whole house. Pavement is the same way. When water gets into pavement cracks, it freezes, expands, and causes the crack to become worse, eventually causing pavement failure or worse base failure. Asphalt, unlike concrete, is readily and easily repaired, and at a much cheaper price. At Higgins Asphalt we provide all manner of asphalt maintenance including asphalt patching, crack sealing, and seal coating surfaces.