When it comes to roads and parking lots, asphalt is one of the most common materials used. There are a lot of benefits to asphalt paving, but some business owners are hesitant, because of the myths that they have heard. Here are some of those asphalt myths debunked.
MYTH: Recycled Asphalt Doesn’t Have Durability
Fact: Asphalt is extremely durable and completely recyclable. Did you know that after being recycled, asphalt continues to maintain its original level of durability? You can actually use recycled asphalt repeatedly. In fact, when you use recycled asphalt, your parking lot can last up to 20 years.
MYTH: Asphalt Production Leads to Serious Air Pollution
Fact: There was a time where this was true. Nowadays, the asphalt industry follows stricter standards to reduce air pollution. Asphalt plants are no longer a major contributor to the world’s air pollution.
MYTH: Asphalt Doesn’t Need a Foundation
Fact: Like concrete, asphalt does need a foundation. Without it, the asphalt is prone to cracks and potholes. You want a contractor who can properly lay both the foundation and the asphalt.
MYTH: Asphalt Isn’t Used Anymore
Fact: When you walk on a paved road, driveway, or parking lot, odds are that you are walking on asphalt. This is because asphalt makes up over 90% of all roads in the United States. Asphalt is far from outdated.
MYTH: Asphalt Is Costly
Fact: Asphalt is not expensive. In fact, it is extremely affordable. If you need a less expensive option, recycled asphalt is a lot cheaper than non-recycled asphalt. Even when you purchase new asphalt, the benefits and longevity can make it worth the price.
To figure out if asphalt is for you, you first have to weed through the myths. The more knowledge that you have, the more likely you are to make an educated decision. For pavers with experience and reliability, talk to NVM Paving & Concrete. Call 703-423-0471 or email us today!