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    Why You Should Consider Recycled Asphalt Driveway Installation
    In an effort to conserve natural resources and be environmentally friendly, many industries have looked for ways to recycle. However, for the asphalt paving industry, recycling is nothing new. Recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) has been used since the 1970s. Initially used as a response to the energy crisis of that decade, its popularity has fluctuated over the years. Today with the focus on sustainable practices, the use of recycled asphalt is on the rise. Before we get into why you should consider recycled asphalt driveway installation, let’s take a look at how asphalt is recycled.  What is Recycled Asphalt? When an asphalt driveway, parking lot, or roadway needs to be replaced, the old asphalt is removed and ground into small gravel-sized pieces, commonly known as asphalt millings. The millings are often used as the base material for new asphalt installations. Because asphalt millings contain tar, they can create a stronger bond than other base materials.  It can also be added to hot-mix asphalt  While RAP is more commonly used in commercial applications, that doesn’t mean recycled asphalt driveway installation is out of the question. Is Recycled Asphalt Durable? It is a common misconception that recycled asphalt doesn’t last as long ...
    Driveway Maintenance Tips – How to Keep Your Asphalt Looking Great
    Your driveway is an entrance to your home and can have a significant impact on its curb appeal. Even if the rest of your home’s exterior is pristine, a poorly maintained driveway will detract from its appearance. Wouldn’t it be great if your asphalt driveway looked as good as it did when it was new? While it may be tough to keep it looking brand new, there are driveway maintenance tips to help preserve and protect your driveway’s appearance and extend its life span.  Driveway Inspections Of all the driveway maintenance tips we’re going to share, this should be number one on the list. Inspecting your driveway regularly will allow you to identify any minor damage before it becomes a major concern. Winter can be especially hard on your driveway, making early spring a great time to inspect it. While you can have an asphalt contractor conduct an inspection, you can often identify issues yourself and consult with them on how to resolve them. Crack and Pothole Repair It is not uncommon for homeowners to see a couple of small cracks in their asphalt driveway and think they are nothing to worry about. However, this couldn’t be farther from the ...
    Recycled Asphalt – 5 Reasons it Can Be a Great Paving Option
    Many business owners are joining the ranks of the eco-friendly. From separating their recyclables and eliminating the use of plastic bags to driving electric cars, the eco-friendly movement is constantly gaining momentum. However, recycling probably wouldn’t even enter your mind when considering a new asphalt parking lot. You’re focused on the expense and durability of a newly paved surface. You might be surprised to find out that recycled asphalt, also known as reclaimed or RAP, can impact those concerns as well as the environment. What is Recycled Asphalt? So, almost everyone has encountered road construction in their travels. Besides being annoyed by the inconvenience, have you ever wondered what happens to all the torn-up asphalt? Maybe not, but much of that asphalt is recycled and used in new asphalt applications. It is used to repave those roads and maybe even your new parking lot.  To be recycled, the asphalt is ground down into small gravel size pieces. This allows it to harden and bind together, creating asphalt millings. The millings can be used as a base material for new asphalt applications or added to hot mix asphalt. It is a good idea to discuss using recycled material with your asphalt ...