There are four main advantages of using asphalt for paving.
The Economical Advantages of Aspahlt Paving
Asphalt is a low-cost building material. It is less expensive, not just in actual cost, but also in terms of the time it takes to complete construction.
Asphalt is so quick and easy to use that it saves the public, government and contractors time, and time is money!
Asphalt dries so fast that roads and highways will not be blocked or held up for very long.
Durability of Asphalt Paving
Asphalt is a reliable weather resistant material and can be designed for low and high traffic conditions. It can withstand the harshest of weathers and the heaviest of semi-trailers. Asphalt can also be designed to fit a specific purpose!
Asphalt Paving Safety
Asphalt's safety feature is related to its smooth-like finish. It offers drivers skid resistance, reduced splash back and better visual distinction between road markings. Asphalt also helps keep roads free from ice and snow.
Asphalt is a recyclable material (see Recycled Asphalt Product), it can be used over and over, and its life-cycle never ends. Asphalt roads can be dug up and then re-used again. This is what makes asphalt such a popular, modern day material. When we use it we are preserving our natrual resources.
This also helps reduce our waste delemma, it means less material is being turned into waste, and hence, landfill! Asphalt also saves the environment since it will not run into our waterways when it is split, as asphalt turns into a solid mass quite quickly.
Asphalt is quick and easy to repair. By maintaining cracks and resealing roads, driveways, and highways regularly major degradation can be delayed.
Even when major degradation does occur, asphalt can be resurfaced or re-applyed.