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Go Green with Asphalt

When you think of the phrase “go green” in the month of March, you might think we mean “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day. But we’re actually talking about the environment. You may be surprised to learn that asphalt is not only a strong, durable and economical choice for your new paved surface – it’s also environmentally friendly!

In fact, there’s a remarkably low amount of energy required for the production of asphalt, not to mention all the ways in which this paving material benefits us after installation. Here are a few reasons why choosing asphalt can actually benefit the environment:

  • Saving energy during production – Studies show that asphalt production requires 20 percent less energy than other pavement choices.
  • Saving greenhouse emissions from vehicles – Asphalt is easy to repair and, best of all, the road surface can be used right after repairs are made. This means less traffic congestion and, as a result, less harmful emissions from idling vehicles (not to mention less fuel consumption in cars and trucks that won’t be stuck in traffic waiting for a road to open).
  • Lower greenhouse emissions during production – The asphalt industry creates extremely low greenhouse emissions during production of the pavement. In fact, in the 29 years between 1970 and 1999, the industry increased its total amount of asphalt produced by 250 percent and, at the same time, actually decreased emissions by an impressive 97 percent.
  • Recycling – The majority of asphalt companies reuse and recycle old asphalt pavement, not to mention the fact that other products are often recycled into asphalt (such as asphalt roofing materials and rubber tires, for example).
  • Durability – Asphalt is a remarkably long-lasting pavement. When asphalt is properly produced and installed, it can last for many decades. Most asphalt roadways, for example, aren’t completely torn up and replaced; typically, just the top layer of the asphalt is removed, after which a new layer of asphalt is added. The top layer that is removed can then be recycled into more asphalt.
  • Improving water quality – Thanks to recent advancements within the asphalt production process, the pavement can actually improve water quality. A porous asphalt surface allows water to drain through it and, in effect, acts as a filtration system for runoff water.

If you’re debating which material to use for your upcoming pavement project, “go green” with asphalt! It’s attractive, easy to repair, extremely durable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. When it comes to paving material, it just doesn’t get any better than asphalt.