Asphalt may not seem like the most interesting topic to read about, but when you consider how much asphalt is used to pave our roads and parking lots, it’s a viable commodity that isn’t going away anytime soon. If you are a commercial business or property manager, you understand how “curb appeal” can make or break a potential business deal. For that reason, it is best for you to know a little bit about the asphalt that coats your parking lot and what you can do to keep it in pristine shape through maintenance, thus saving you thousands of dollars down the line.
1. Asphalt is recycled at a rate of almost 99%! According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, it is America’s most recycled product.
2. Asphalt can go by a number of names, including blacktop, bitumen, macadam and tarmac.
3. Asphalt was used by indigenous people in the 13th century as an adhesive for building tools and ceremonial items.
4. Over 90% of the 2.3 million miles of paved roads in America is asphalt.
5. John McAdam, in the 18th century, is the first known man to actually create a version of the asphalt we use today. He mixed stone and sand with tar to create a hard surface for roads and called it “macadam”.
6. Asphalt produces a smoother quieter ride than concrete. Studies have shown that with a smoother ride, fuel consumption is less. This is why over 90% of US Highways are made with asphalt.
7. Sealcoating a worn asphalt parking lot will bring out the black color and, if maintained properly, can be good for up to 30 years.
When speaking with commercial paving companies for your asphalt needs, make sure you are working with professionals. Some of the best commercial asphalt companies in the Midwest will provide free quotes and have taken continuing education to keep up with the latest technologies. Their goal is to gain your trust and make lifetime clients that are 100% satisfied with the job.