Is Asphalt Paving Eco-friendly?

Is Asphalt Paving Eco-friendly?

We usually don’t associate the construction industry with sustainability. However, you can always go green when building commercial or residential asphalt pavement.

Many property owners think that asphalt contributes to greenhouse gases and climate change. But from production to repaving, asphalt saves the environment in more ways than one.

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In today’s blog, we list four reasons why asphalt is an eco-friendly option for paving driveways, parking lots, and roads. 

Energy Conservation

To start, asphalt production and paving saves considerable energy as compared to other construction options. According to one estimate, asphalt paving takes up 20% less energy than other construction options. Overall, asphalt paving contributes to the conservation of natural resources. 

Low Fuel Consumption

In an earlier blog post, we talked about how asphalt helps you pave smoother surfaces. There are no seams to hold together slabs (as you have on a concrete road), which leads to a smoother driving experience, better skid-resistance, and lower noise pollution.

But smoother roads also lead to low fuel consumption, which again conserves the environment. Moreover, since asphalt pavement can be repaired relatively faster than other construction materials, it avoids unnecessary traffic congestion, thereby excessive consumption of fuel and production of emissions.

Recycling

Perhaps the foremost reason why asphalt is considered eco-friendly is that the material is 100% recyclable. Hundreds of millions of tons of asphalt are reclaimed every year, and most of it is recycled.

Moreover, other materials are also recycled to create asphalt pavement, such as:

  • Glass
  • Asphalt roofing shingles
  • Rubber from used tires

Asphalt paving contractors routinely used old cement for paving as well as repair procedures like milling, overlay, and resurfacing. Old asphalt can be repurposed in recycling plants as well as onsite. This is also why it is a cost-effective option for commercial and residential asphalt paving projects.

Moreover, asphalt pavement, as well as reclaimed asphalt stockpiles, have minimal impact on the environment since they do not leach like soil or ash.

This brings us to our final point.

Better Drainage And Water Quality

Asphalt facilitates proper drainage of water and also improves its quality. That’s why water reservoirs and drinking water pipes are often lined with asphalt. In some states, asphalt is also used to line fish rearing ponds.

In addition to this, asphalt protects against leaks, which further reduces wastage and protects natural resources.

If you use porous asphalt (a specific kind of asphalt mix with tiny holes), you can eliminate the need for detention basins as the water is automatically infiltrated. Porous pavement can restore and even improve the hydrology of a site. That is why porous asphalt is considered an eco-friendly paving option that can help you get tax credits.

At C.H. Paving & Sealcoating, we pave eco-friendly asphalt pavement surfaces in Blairstown, NJ Click here to get a free estimate.

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