Explore the most prevalent myths—and the truth—about asphalt paving.
Asphalt is a popular paving material, but there are a number of myths out there about this versatile paving material. Asphalt has many applications for residential, commercial, and municipal uses. It is a great option for driveways, patios, walkways, parking lots, sidewalks, roadways, and more. Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the pavement industry, including asphalt and concrete, so we know the value of this popular paving option. See the myths—and the truth about asphalt paving!
Asphalt Paving Myths
Myth #1: Asphalt is expensive.
Truth: No pavement installation project should be inexpensive as it’s an important structure that should last for decades. However, the costs of asphalt are on par with concrete, but the installation and maintenance of asphalt are less expensive than concrete.
Myth #2: It’s difficult to repair asphalt.
Truth: Asphalt repair is both inexpensive and relatively simple, and much easier than the repair of concrete.
Myth #3: Asphalt doesn’t last.
Truth: If asphalt is installed correctly and maintained correctly, such as adding a sealcoat every few years—asphalt pavement has a lifespan of 20 years or more.
Myth #4: Asphalt is bad for the environment.
Truth: The asphalt industry has made great strides to make asphalt sustainable. Asphalt is one of the most recycled materials in the US with over 60 million tons recycled every year. Additionally, asphalt production plants exceed emission requirements set by the EPA.
Myth #5: Asphalt does not need a foundation.
Truth: Just like concrete pavement, asphalt pavement absolutely needs to be installed over a good foundation in order for it to last any amount of time. Without a solid foundation, any pavement will fall apart quickly.
Myth #6: Asphalt is so simple to install that anyone can do it.
Truth: Asphalt installation requires working with messy materials and specialized equipment. It is a job that is best left to the professionals so that your asphalt pavement will be installed correctly and will last for years to come!
Contact a pavement professional like Tucker Paving for all of your asphalt paving needs. Contact us online, or call us at 863-299-2262 for help with your asphalt paving project, such as sealcoating, asphalt installation, and asphalt pavement repair.