Asphalt – a material you see every day but may not actually know much about. For example, have you ever wondered why asphalt is black? Or whether or not asphalt can be recycled? Fortunately, the experts at Epic Paving are here to enlighten you on all things asphalt – including the answer to those questions!
What Is Asphalt Made Of?
Asphalt is made of two ingredients. The first is a mixture of crushed stone, gravel, and sand. This blend accounts for 95% of the final “asphalt” mix. The remaining 5% is made of bitumen, a binder which holds the ingredients together. These components are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and trace amounts of iron.
So What Makes Asphalt Black?
Asphalt is black because of the ingredients it is made from, namely bitumen. The binding bitumen is actually a dark black material made of petroleum distillation. This normal color should not be mistaken for Blacktop, which is a type of asphalt containing a higher mixture of stone that must be heated to higher temperatures.
Why Choose Asphalt For Your Paving Needs?
Did you know asphalt is actually 100% recyclable? Asphalt driveways are also attractive, durable, and flexible. The popular material can last for a long time , and easily adjusts to changes in temperature. That being said, an asphalt driveway needs regular sealing and maintenance, which can be tiresome for homeowners. However, this regular cleaning and upkeep can lengthen the driveway’s lifespan – which is about 30 years.
What Other Paving Materials Are There?
Wondering if asphalt may not be your thing? Epic Paving also offers concrete services. Many homeowners find that concrete holds up well under heavy use. And unlike asphalt, concrete driveways do not need regular maintenance; offering a very affordable option for most homeowners.
We hope you have left this article learning something new! Remember, if you have any questions or service needs, we’re here to help. Contact our qualified team of professionals today at 416-701-1881 or email@example.com.