asphalt paving

As you drive around the country, if you pay attention to the driveways you see, you're going to notice that asphalt is growing in popularity. For most applications, both residential and commercial, asphalt paving is the paving option more commonly used, particularly for parking lots and driveways, but also for many roads. Why is this? Why is asphalt paving residential or commercial becoming so widely used? Here are five reasons why this paving option is America's pavement of choice.

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asphalt parking lot

Do you need a new parking lot for your office, store or another facility?  Parking lots take quite a beating, so finding the right material is going to be critical.  The two main paving choices, asphalt, and concrete, both have benefits and drawbacks.  Here are six benefits of asphalt parking lots that you will want to consider as you make your choice.

It's a "Green" Paving Option

You may be surprised to learn this, but asphalt is considered a "green" paving material.

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Choosing Asphalt Paving For Your Project?

choosing asphalt paving

Asphalt continues to be the go-to pavement of choice in roads, driveways and even walkways. In 2017, continued demand for asphalt paving projects for highways and streets was driven primarily by government funding to help improve roads. Homeowners are choosing asphalt paving for their own driveways due to the affordability and longevity of this particular paving type.  Here are a few reasons why:


Asphalt is a durable surface which is ideal for use in busy areas such as shopping center parking lots and for residential driveways.  

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asphaltWhen you're putting in or replacing a driveway, the first consideration you'll have to make is whether you need an asphalt or a concrete driveway. These are the two main choices, and both provide an attractive finish. Here's what you need to know about the two.

Asphalt Is Less Expensive Than Concrete

First, asphalt is a less expensive option to install. It provides an attractive a uniform finish, just like concrete, but at a fraction of the price.

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brushing asphalt

Sealcoating your pavement improves safety and saves your business money, but only if a qualified contractor does the job. When considering sealcoating contractors, ask the following questions to help you find before you hire:

How much sand is in your sealer?

Sand plays a crucial role in pavement sealer, providing the finished product with enough traction to prevent pedestrian and auto accidents. Sealcoating contractors' products should contain at least four pounds of dry, clean silica sand for every gallon of sealer.

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blacktop drivewaysIf you’re building a new home or need a new driveway for your existing residence, blacktop driveways make an excellent choice that is both high performance and economical. Blacktop is also called asphalt, made from a mixture of sand and stone with asphalt cement, a petroleum product. Since the material is used to pave streets and create parking lots across the country, you can see the benefits practically everywhere you look. Here is an outline of the major reasons to choose a blacktop driveway for your Baltimore area home.

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commercial paving servicesIf you consider that over 94 percent of America’s roads are paved in asphalt, it makes sense that using this material for the commercial paving of parking lots would be both cost-effective and long-lasting.  According to Todd Galbraith, Vice President, of Goode Paving and Sealcoating, the goal of any parking lot should be maximum life expectancy.  “A parking lot will need to be repaved after about a decade, but in order to keep it that long, the lot itself needs to be maintained.

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asphalt driveway costIf your home is in need of a new driveway, you may be worried about the cost. While investing in a new driveway is not a small cost, if you choose asphalt, you can save significantly. These driveways are significantly cheaper than concrete, around 1/3 the cost depending on your installer, and are designed to last around 15 years with proper maintenance. Still, you may find yourself asking, "How much does a good quality asphalt driveway cost?" Here's what you need to know.

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sealcoating contractorsBefore hiring sealcoating contractors you should ask a few questions in order to make an informed decision.

What type of sealer do you use?

Sealcoating contractors should know what type of sealer they use.  Is it Coal Tar Emulsion? Asphalt Emulsion? They should be able to tell you the type of sealcoating product they use and be able to explain the benefits.

Which additives do you use?

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commercial paving contractors in bel airQuality pavement is hardly a luxury. The better your business is paved, the more convenient it is for customers and suppliers, making the difference between profitability and failure. When considering commercial paving contractors in Bel Air, Baltimore and beyond, never hire without:

Investigating Insurance

Be aware that some contractors may skimp on insurance, buying the cheapest policy that will still fulfill their legal obligations. If the contractor makes a mistake, they could cost you thousands of dollars in lost business and repairs.

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