Asphalt is an affordable, flexible, attractive material used to pave your driveway, parking lot, roads, athletic courts, and more.
Asphalt, also known as bitumen, is a processed product refined from petroleum and is a semi-viscous material used primarily in road surface construction and creation of other topical road aggregates. Additional applications for various derivatives of bitumen include roofing materials, supplementary ingredients in paint and permanent marker inks, and various outdoor waterproofing products.
Uses of Asphalt
Driveways and parking lots are among the first things people notice when arriving at your home or business. If these surfaces are in poor condition, the curb appeal of your residential or commercial property is negatively impacted. Nearly every location that is accessed by vehicle or foot traffic will employ some type of paved surface. Other uses for this surface include athletic/tennis courts, farming silo pads, agricultural feed lots and commercial courtyards. We provide solutions for all of these applications, including roads and service areas in smaller developments. We are central Minnesota's leading paving contractor.
Using asphalt has numerous benefits, the foremost being that it is less expensive than concrete. Unlike concrete, asphalt is flexible and has the ability to yield with use and slight movements of the sub-base material beneath. Concrete relies exclusively on its own internal strength to absorb loads and will crack if these tolerances are exceeded. This is why concrete will often be striped with "expansion joints" to accommodate dynamic stress without crumbling entirely.
Asphalt Paving in Minnesota Makes Sense
Areas that are composed of dirt or gravel also tend to be hard on vehicles and difficult to maintain, and our Minnesota winters can create a disheveled, muddy bog when the snow and ice melts. There may be nothing worse than loosing your suspension while traversing through the cratered remains of unpaved terrain. Another less obvious benefit is that snow and ice will melt faster on a surface paved with asphalt than it will on concrete. Asphalt retains heat more efficiently, making it a more prevalent choice for public parking lots, roads and driveways. Maintaining a cleaner surface during the winter will also mitigate the long-term effects of seasonal weathering and erosion caused by aggressive snow and ice removal.
Asphalt Creates Value
Property values are affected by the state of their surrounding pavement more than most people realize. In addition to aesthetic appeal, this investment in utility and functionality is absorbed into the overall desirability of the venue in question. If done by an experienced, professional team such as ours, the property owner will be assured of a durable and beautiful surface that will persist for years to come.