Asphalt is an extremely valuable resource for roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and other paving projects. Of the 2.27 million miles of paved roads in the U.S., 94% are surfaced with asphalt.
The reasons asphalt is so popular? It’s durable, easy to use, flexible, and versatile. Not only is it useful, it is also recyclable, making it more eco-friendly than alternative materials. Although asphalt provides many benefits, there are still many myths that surround asphalt.
Curcio Enterprises debunks six of the most popular asphalt myths:
Myth: Asphalt is Expensive to Install
Fact: Installing pavement driveways and parking lots is never something that should be done cheaply but asphalt is no more expensive than concrete and is cheaper to install and maintain. An asphalt driveway typically costs $2-$5 per square foot to install, which is about half the cost of concrete. Studies have shown that on average, asphalt pavements are more economical than concrete pavements over a 40-year period. With proper maintenance, asphalt pavement will last longer and require fewer repairs than concrete. And since asphalt is created from recycled materials, it is easy to produce, making it more cost effective in the long run.
Myth: Asphalt is a Hassle to Repair
Fact: Not only is asphalt easier to repair than concrete, it is cheap. Asphalt is durable and designed to last many years and withstand the worst weather conditions. Crack filling is the most cost-effective maintenance item and will ensure the longest lifespan possible. This sealing will help avoid water penetration that compromises the structural base.
Myth: Asphalt Can be Installed Without a Foundation
Fact: Just like concrete, asphalt requires a solid foundation before installation. Asphalt that is installed over an unstable foundation will quickly crack and produce potholes. This will cost more money over time since you will frequently need maintenance performed.
Myth: Asphalt is Bad For the Environment
Fact: Years ago, asphalt was not the eco-friendliest material. However, the asphalt industry has made strides to ensure that it is sustainable. The U.S. recycles about 2 million tons of plastic a year while recycling and reusing over 60 million tons of asphalt. Because the U.S. recycles asphalt, production plants apply strict guidelines regarding emissions. The guidelines put in place actually exceed the requirements mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. American taxpayers save more than 2 million dollars a year by recycling asphalt.
Myth: Asphalt is Easy to Install Yourself
Fact: There are many YouTube videos available that show how to install your own asphalt. But it does not take a lot of trial and research to know that quality asphalt installation takes practice and the proper equipment. You will save a lot of time and stress by leaving asphalt installation and maintenance to the professionals.
Myth: Asphalt Only Lasts a Few Years
Fact: With proper maintenance, an average asphalt surface can last up to 20 years depending on the climate and the quality of the installation. Modern technological advancements, updated application methods, careful installation, and regular maintenance can actually extend the lifespan of your asphalt pavement to about 25 years or more. There are many parking lots and roads that have lasted up to 60 years, with routine maintenance. Asphalt is definitely one of the more reliable materials to use for paving a road or parking lot.
If your business is looking for a dedicated team of professionals to perform parking facility maintenance duties, contact Curcio Enterprises. Our range of services include striping, asphalt repairs, seal coating, pressure washing, power sweeping, general maintenance, parking facility signage, and much more! We’ll give your parking facility a sleek and professional look that’s sure to bring in more customers every day. Let us help your company reach the top! We look forward to your call.